On the site of Valpré Heidelberg bottling plant (South Africa), recently built, Coca-Cola has installed a photovoltaic system with a capacity of about 30 kWp by Lapp Group, the partner South African IBC Solar.
The system should produce about 50,000 kWh per year. Through this project, Coca-Cola has been certified “Sustainable Development” of the “Green Building Council of South Africa” (South African Council for “green” buildings), which recognizes buildings included in a process of energy optimization .
For this project, IBC Solar was responsible for the delivery of modules and system monitoring, as well as the commissioning of the system. Polysol IBC 132 modules and two inverters were Amount Required. The photovoltaic array will allow the company to be more independent of the local network, while reducing 29.5 tons of CO2 emissions.
The construction of the national electricity grid is still ongoing in South Africa. Thus, feeding the network is possible only near the most important lines, and very high tariffs. Owner and therefore often use diesel generators, an expensive and relatively clean. Therefore, solar power remains an alternative more and more used.
The Lapp Group will now take over the maintenance and monitoring of the facility, and ensure that expected returns are waiting for you. According to IBC Solar, “thanks to the automatic monitoring system, technical problems can be quickly identified and resolved.”
With a sunny environment, the South Africa is an ideal country for solar power generation. The City of Johannesburg has insolation of about 2000 kWh / m².