GHANA – Plans have been initiated to install solar panels that would generate about 1.5mw of power to run the production plant of local beverage company, Kasapreko Company Limited.
This was disclosed to journalists last Monday, after a tour of the beverage company’s automated multimillion production line by students from the Harvard Business School, USA, in response to a question from the Daily Graphic on how the company was able to meet its power and water needs.
Stability of power
“Talking about the stability of the power, we have plans to bring in a solar component so that if the power fails us or we need to step up, we will have power right here,” the Founder and Group Chairman of the Kasapreko Company Limited, Dr Kwabena Adjei, hinted.
The Director, Plant and Bottling of the company, Mr Kwame Dickson, also disclosed that the company spent about GH₵350,000 monthly on electricity bills, while it depended on water from the Ghana Water Company, which it retreated using reverse osmosis, for its manufacturing process.
Production is also supported with water from boreholes sunk by the company.
“We have 16,000m3 roof surface area and our intention is to generate about 1.5 megawatts of power to cut down on carbon emissions,” Dr Adjei also stated.
The Managing Director of Kasapreko, Mr Richard Adjei, said the automated machines of the company were producing about 40,000 bottles of water and soft drinks an hour, while the spirits (hard liquor) section was doing about 70,000 bottles an hour.
He said although few of the machines currently in use by the 25-year-old company were from the United States, most of them were German (Krone) brands.