O-I inaugurates new photovoltaic plant

Glass packaging leader O-I has inaugurated its new photovoltaic plant in Bziers, France. Installed and operated by green energy producer Arowatt, the plant has the annual energy consumption of a town …

Glass packaging leader O-I has inaugurated its new photovoltaic plant in Bziers, France. Installed and operated by green energy producer Arowatt, the plant has the annual energy consumption of a town with 2,000 citizens. The company has set ambitious goals for reducing its energy usage and CO2 emissions, increasing the proportion of cullet used in its production of new glass, and reducing workplace accidents to zero. The group has chosen Arowatt as the provider of photovoltaic panels at its plants. Since last autumn, 10,085 square meters of modules have been installed at Bziers, covering four warehouses, representing a global capacity of 1381.5 kWp to produce green energy and supply the EDF electrical network. Arowatt has many assets in green energy production both in France and abroad. The company currently operates 25 wind farms and 28 photovoltaic plants, giving a cumulative total of over 120 MW.