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Local company’s solar energy drive elevates its sustainability

by Madelein
Local company’s solar energy drive elevates its sustainability

Now more than ever, local companies in the construction and building industry need to start looking at ways to reduce their dependence on South Africa’s notoriously unreliable and carbon-producing SOEs electricity offering.

Cement additive manufacturing company, CHRYSO Southern Africa, has installed a solar electricity generating system at its Jet Park premises in Gauteng, as part of its efforts to lower its carbon footprint.

According to CHRYSO Southern Africa chief executive officer, Norman Seymore, the system will generate almost 240MWh each year to serve the company’s production facility.

“This output will make up about 70% of our energy requirements, with the rest sourced from the national grid,” says Seymore. “One of our three sustainability pillars at CHRYSO is the reduction of energy consumption, and this installation goes a long way in reducing our dependence on South Africa’s notoriously carbon-producing electricity.”

A total of 393 solar panels – each with a capacity of 400W – were installed on the roof of CHRYSO Southern Africa’s premises in January this year. They will collectively generate a kilowatt peak of 157kWp through five 27,6kW inverters.

“Our investment in solar energy generation is an important contribution to the company’s global commitment to a more sustainable construction sector,” Seymore says. “Our CHRYSO admixture products themselves play a valuable role in driving down the carbon emissions related to construction materials.”

He highlights that these admixtures can help to reduce the cement component of concrete – cement is among the world’s most significant carbon-generating products. CHRYSO Southern Africa is also active in other environmental initiatives, such as ensuring that its packaging materials and containers are recyclable and reusable. The company delivers much of its product range in bulk, but uses recyclable materials where products are delivered in 200ℓ drums or 1 000ℓ containers.

“In addition to our solar installation, we have also implemented a series of wastewater treatment systems at our plant to reduce and recycle the volumes of wastewater we produce,” he says. “We constructed several wastewater catchment areas to ensure that any discharged wastewater was first treated to an acceptable standard.”

For more information, contact CHRYSO Southern Africa:
Tel: +27 11 395 9700
Website: https://za.chryso.com/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/chryso-southern-africa

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