The Nueva Pescanova Group has installed seven photovoltaic farms in its facilities in Spain and Namibia to cut its CO2 emissions and boost operational efficiency.
These installations, with a total of 40,000sqm of photovoltaic modules, will produce an annual energy of more than 11,759,000kWh.
Ignacio González, CEO of the Nueva Pescanova Group, said: “With these photovoltaic installations, in addition to the environmental advantage of using non-polluting energy, we can guarantee production regardless of any power cuts that may occur.”
Five of the new photovoltaic farms are being installed by EiDF Solar in Galicia, at the industrial centres of Chapela, O Porriño and Arteixo; in the turbot aquaculture plant in Xove (Lugo) and at the Biomarine Center Pescanova, based in O Grove (Pontevedra). More than 26,000sqm of solar panels are expected to be 100% operational this year, resulting in electricity savings of between 14% and 37%. These solar farms will avoid CO2 emissions equivalent to the planting of over 20,500 trees.
The Nueva Pescanova Group has also undertaken photovoltaic projects in Namibia led by SolarSaver, where more than 13,000sqm of solar panels have been installed. In Lüderitz, where it owns the largest hake processing plant in Africa, the photovoltaic farm went into operation in 2019 and has already been expanded due to its high performance.
In 2020, a farm was installed at the Walvis Bay plant, which is being expanded and will be fully operational by the end of 2021. The percentage of self-consumption of clean energy that will be achieved in these two plants will be approximately 31.27% and 41.55%, respectively.
In the next few months, it is expected that work will begin by EiDF Solar to add photovoltaic installations to the two industrial centres owned by Nueva Pescanova in Valencia.