Canadian plant adds solar power to manufacturing facility
At OPHARDT hygiene, we are committed to being good environmental stewards and responsibly managing the environmental impact of our operations.
As part of our ongoing efforts to expand our renewable energy portfolio, we are proud to announce the installation of the second photovoltaic system in the OPHARDT Hygiene Group of Companies at our Canadian plant in Beamsville, Ontario. Construction of the 44.40 kW system was completed this month, and will be fully operational in time to take full advantage of the summer rays. With this new installation, we will be able to produce approximately 56,000 kWh of electricity per year via sunlight – enough to offset the annual energy requirements to light our facility.
The first photovoltaic system in the OPHARDT Hygiene Group was installed at our Maaseik, Belgium location in 2012. Since installation, we have been able to subsidize 17% of the plant’s total electricity requirementswith solar energy.
A global energy effort
Additional efforts to ‘green’ our renewable energy portfolio include purchasing Guarantees of Origin at our manufacturing locations in Ireland, Germany, and for the remaining energy requirements at our Belgian plant. A Guarantee of Origin is a tracking certificate for renewable energy, regulated by the European Commission, under European Directive 2009/28/EC, article 15. When a company purchases a Guarantee of Origin, the corresponding amount of electricity is canceled in the electronic certificate registry.
This single standardized system makes it easy to track ownership, and ensure there is no double-counting of certificates. Guarantees of Origin enable European electricity consumers to support the production of renewable energy and build market momentum for increased renewable energy production.