Ahrend installs more than 5,000 m² of solar panels
This summer, Dutch solar energy supplier KiesZon will place 2,500 solar panels on top of the roof of Ahrend’s factory in Sint-Oedenrode. The total amount of solar panels covers 5,000 m², which together represent a saving equivalent to the annual energy consumption of 140 households each year.
Ahrend’s objective is to produce CO2 neutrally in 2020 and has worked on reducing energy consumption since 1990. For instance, Ahrend has installed heat pumps, improved insulation in the different buildings, purchased energy-saving machinery and fluorescent lights have been replaced with LED lights. These initiatives have resulted in a water saving of 93% and an 85% reduction in the CO2 footprint. The installation of 2,500 solar panels will be added to this list of initiatives. The proceeds of this project are estimated at 500,000 kWh. This is a saving of 270 tons CO2 emissions each year.
Diana Seijs, Coordinator CSR and Sustainability of Ahrend, dares to say that nearly all processes are fully optimised, since Ahrend is an active participant in the ‘Long-Term Agreement on Energy Efficiency’. “We have looked at renewable energy sources in order to take another step in this direction. Considering the large roof area of the manufacturing plant in Sint-Oedenrode, investing in solar panels is an obvious choice and a suitable and sustainable energy generator. Moreover, the installation of solar panels improves the indoor climate and contributes to employees wellbeing.”