Cosentino “plugs in” one of the largest self-consumption photovoltaic installations in Europe
- The company establishes a new renewable electricity management model in the industrial field. The installation has a capacity of 20 megawatt-peak (MWp) and fuels around 20% of Cosentino's Industrial Park annual electrical consumption.
- With a total investment of 14 million euros, the solar installation was inaugurated yesterday by Ramón Fernández-Pacheco, Sustainability, Environment and Blue Economy Director of Andalusian Government.
Cosentino officially activates one of Europe’s largest photovoltaic self-consumption installations located within the Industrial Park in Almeria, Spain. With a total investment of 14 million euros, this facility establishes a new renewable electricity management model in the industrial field.
The solar installation consists of almost 37,000 solar panels, each with a 540Wp capacity and a fixed structure - on a total land area of more than 40 hectares. With a capacity of 20 megawatt-peak (MWp), the platform is estimated to generate approximately 34,000 MWh per year, fueling around 20% of the Industrial Park’s annual electrical consumption. This project is part of the company’s 2030-2050 decarbonisation strategy, it will not only contribute to reducing its carbon footprint, but also combines a biodiversity recovery initiative - 15 hectares of the area will be dedicated to the planting of flora and conservation of native species.
The official inauguration took place yesterday in the presence of Ramón Fernández-Pacheco, Minister of Sustainability, Environment and Blue Economy of the Andalusian Government. The act was part of the institutional visit that the Minister made to Cosentino's HQ in which he also had the opportunity to learn first-hand about other advances and projects that Cosentino is carrying out within its Industrial Expansion Plan. Other local government representatives and eminent industry leaders from Cosentino were also present to celebrate and witness the important milestone: Francisco Martínez-Cosentino Justo, President of the Cosentino Group, Álvaro de la Haza, Executive Vice President, and Antonio Urdiales, Director of the Environment.
Expanding its commitment to renewable solar energy, the company has already launched a second phase consisting of the installation of solar panels located on the roofs of its factories. Expected to start by the end of 2023, this project will involve an investment of around 10 million euros. This second installation will supply an additional 15MWp, on top of the 20MWp of the capacity on ground platform, and will raise the annual self-consumption energy production figure within the Cosentino Industrial Park to 30%.