Retail group Shoprite adds solar-powered refrigerated rigid trucks to its fleet, reduces carbon footprint

AFRICA – The Shoprite Group, an investment holdings company specialized in consumer retail, has announced the addition of 39 solar-powered refrigerated rigid trucks to its existing solar-powered fleet of 749 trailers, by the end of June 2021. At present, the group has a total fleet of 855 trucks and 1 247 trailers of which 749 are solar-powered trailers, 473 are refrigerated trailers and 276 units are not refrigerated, but the tail lift is powered by solar energy. The leading retailer also has 89 rigid trucks with diesel powered refrigeration of…

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Kenyan dairy processor Brookside partners with SunCulture, installs solar water pumps to boost milk production

KENYA – Eastern Africa’s largest dairy processing company, Brookside Dairy Limited, has partnered with SunCulture, an off-grid solar technology firm, to provide dairy farmers in Kenya with solar-powered irrigation systems, in a bid to boost milk production. The targeted beneficiaries of the project are farmers contracted by the processor, who will use the solar powered systems to water their fodder crops using sprinkler irrigation and provide the livestock with reliable drinking water. This will ensure the utilisation of existing water sources at the farms, with the assurance of year-round availability…

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Nestle invests US$1.3m in installation of private solar station in Morocco in quest for net zero emissions

MOROCCO – Multinational food manufacturing giant Nestle has inaugurated a private solar station in Morocco at the city of El Jadida in line with its focus on reducing green-gas emissions. The station covers a land of 7,000 square meters adjacent to the company’s factory operating some 2,600photovoltaic panels to produce 1.7 gigawatts of electricity per year, eliminating more than one million kilograms of CO2. Morocco’s Minister of Energy Aziz Rabbah at the inauguration ceremony highlighted that Nestle’s installation of the solar station was in line with the county’s strategy that…

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Nigeria’s largest egg producer Premium Poultry powers its facility with renewable energy

NIGERIA – Premium Poultry Farms, Nigeria’s largest egg producer has entered into an agreement with renewable energy supplier, Rensource Energy and Empower New Energy, an impact investment company based in Norway to install a solar photovoltaic system at its facility. The 700 KWp solar photo-voltaic plant will generate 1 gigawatt hour of clean energy annually, saving up to 25 000 tons of CO2 in its lifetime, expected to operate for at least 25 years, thus contribute to Nigeria’s fight against air pollution. “We take immense pride in being good stewards…

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Kenyan energy startup SunCulture raises US$14m to finance distribution of solar power water pumps for irrigation

KENYA – Kenyan start-up SunCulture, a provider of solar water pumps for irrigation, has raised US$14 million from Energy Access Ventures (EAV), Electricité de France (EDF), Acumen Capital Partners (ACP) and Dream Project Incubators (DPI). This funding will be used to disseminate its solutions in seven African countries i.e. Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Zambia, Senegal, Togo, and Ivory Coast. The young company has carried out the financial mobilisation which has enabled it to secure the US$14 million. “This equity raise puts us in a position to dramatically accelerate our growth and…

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CCBSA ups solar power installation in its factories gearing towards sustainably generating 25% energy by 2025

SOUTH AFRICA – Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) aiming to have a quarter of its electricity needs supplied by renewable energy sources by 2025 is planning to install solar power at 12 of its plants by the end of 2020. CCBSA initiated the renewable energy project in 2018 as part of its sustainability commitment and strategic objectives, focusing on solar power at its manufacturing plants. The beverage giant has ramped up its solar power generation capacity, with seven out of its 13 manufacturing facilities, as at the end of August.…

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Solar energy provider REDAVIA offers free energy solution to Kenyan based animal feed manufacturer

KENYA – REDAVIA, a German based provider of cost-effective, reliable, and clean solar power to businesses and communities in sub-Saharan Africa, has signed COVID-19 Resilience Lease with Kenyan-based animal feeds manufacturer, Wonder Feeds Limited, offering the business six months of free solar to withstand the COVID crisis. As the effects of coronavirus pandemic continues to disrupt businesses in Kenya and across the globe, many companies are struggling to cope up with the pandemic, others closing shop, rendering thousands of employees jobless.  One of the major reasons that has seen many…

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Greenfields secures solar energy deal for its Indonesian milk processing plant

SINGAPORE – Greenfields, the largest dairy company in Southeast Asia has partnered with Total Solar Distributed Generation (DG) to provide solar power for its biggest milk processing plant in Palaan, East Java, Indonesia. The Indonesian plant plant, which processes 70 million litres of milk annually will be equipped with a 1,300kWp solar power system by Total Solar DG, a wholly-owned subsidiary of French energy group, Total S.A. Greenfields said that the system is expected to be running in the third quarter of 2020. The solar system will have a capacity…

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FrieslandCampina introduces Power Purchase Agreements to member dairy farmers

UK – The Dutch dairy co-operative, FrieslandCampina has announced that it will be purchasing green electricity directly from its member dairy farmers through Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs). The farmer-owned dairy processor noted that the power purchase agreements will go beyond the Guarantees of Origin (GoOs), that are now commonplace, by allowing ‘grey’ purchased energy to become green. A GoO is a certified proof that energy has been generated sustainably. In the traditional model, in which electricity and GoOs are sold separately, several parties are active in the chain, with each…

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AB InBev to start brewing using renewable energy for its South African operations

SOUTH AFRICA – Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), the global beverage giant has unveiled plans to start brewing using renewable energy by rolling out solar plants at its seven major South African breweries by the end of the month. The roll-out of the solar power plants highlights the private sector’s strong drive towards reducing carbon emissions and procuring renewable energy solutions.  “Not only is solar a viable and cost-effective option for us, but it also aligns to our global sustainability strategy, which entails going 100 percent renewable by 2025,” said Taryn…

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