Vidrala, one of Europe’s leading glass producers, has announced the construction of a solar photovoltaic power generation plant, which will be used for consumption in the industrial process, partially substituting fossil and electrical energy from the grid.
The facility will be located at the Crisnova plant in Caudete, Castilla La Mancha, Spain, and will have a capacity of 12 MW using cutting-edge ground-based technology. The project is part of Vidrala’s sustainability and energy efficiency strategy and is a clear demonstration of its commitment to the environment and to the communities where the group operates.
Vidrala has carried out the engineering, technical and economic viability work, urban planning, administrative and environmental procedures, as well as the engineering project under the advisory services of the company Norvento Enerxía. During the first quarter of this year, construction work has started, with Norvento as project manager and Grupotec in the installation and commissioning of the project, which will avoid emissions of around 9,000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere per year.
This initiative is part of the ambitious investment plan launched by the Vidrala Group and is part of the multi-year green agenda focused on improving the sustainability of the glass container production process. The project, which began to be analysed last year, is a reflection of the commitment to climate change and aims to reduce the company’s environmental impact.
This action is part of the Vidrala Glass Made Good strategy, implemented through the 4 Ps that develop four fundamental pillars for the glass company: Prosperity, People, Place and Planet.
The Crisnova plant was built by Vidrala in Caudete in 1989 and is currently one of the most important glass plants in Spain with an annual production of almost 900 million glass containers.
This will not be the first time that the Vidrala Group has implemented this type of technology to supply its facilities with green energy; it already did so in 2018 in Portugal after installing a solar plant at its logistics facilities in Marinha Grande.