East Africa Breweries Limited targets to transition to use of clean energy by 2030 under US$199m plan

KENYA – East Africa Breweries Limited (EABL), subsidiary of British alcohol manufacturer Diageo, has revealed plans of investing Ksh 22 billion (US$199m) to facilitate its transition to use of green energy by 2030. According to reports by Business Daily, the manufacturer and distributor of Tusker, Chrome, Jonnie walker brands mulls to entirely shift from use of electricity from the national grid, Kenya Power and generate its own power from solar. EABL targets to generate at least 9.3 megawatts at its Ruaraka plant and 2.4-megawatt from solar power in Kisumu. Also,…

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Kenyan based cordial maker Highlands Drinks goes green, Lucozade brand owner launches tournament

KENYA – Kenyan beverage manufacturing company, Highlands Drinks has revealed that its is installing solar panels at its processing facility, accelerating its adoption of green energy. Without going into details pertaining to the project, Joachim Westerveld, Chief Executive Officer at Highlands Drinks Limited in a LinkedIn post indicated that the company is also establishing a staff canteen for its team. In addition, the company is currently undertaking blind sensory to make its refreshing Club Drinks taste even better. Highlands having a heritage spanning over 60 years, has a wide range…

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Anheuser-Busch accelerates green energy adoption with new plan to build largest brewery solar project in US 

US – Anheuser-Busch, the largest brewing company in the United States, has announced plans to build  a new solar power project at its Los Angeles brewing facility in line with efforts to maintain the company’s renewable energy profile.  According to a statement from the subsidiary of Belgium-based AB InBev, the new solar project will be built as part of US$64 million investment into the Los Angeles brewery and is expected to generate more than 10% of the site’s total electricity use.   Eric Gutierrez, Senior General Manager of the Anheuser-Busch Los Angeles in an…

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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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