Neftis Laboratorios is installing 886 photovoltaic solar panels for self-consumption at its warehouses in Santa Eulàlia de Ronçana, which will enable it to continue working towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the company.

On 25 September 2015, the General Assembly of the United Nations approved the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. The 17 goals covered by the Agenda aim to eradicate poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and guarantee access to affordable, safe, sustainable and modern energy for all.

Goal number 7 states that everyone should have access to energy services and that the flow of green energy should be increased. This goal covers aspects related to guaranteeing universal access to clean, affordable, reliable and modern energy services. Furthermore, taking into account the current context of climate change, these aspects must be considered in addition to increasing the proportion of renewable energies, energy efficiency, research and promotion of investment in energetic infrastructures and clean technologies.

General description of the Neftis Laboratorios photovoltaic plant

The Neftis Laboratorios energy self-consumption project, managed by the company Elecsum, consists of a photovoltaic solar installation with a total power of 407.56 kWp, connected to the warehouses’ internal network and on a self-consumption basis. The energy is captured via 886 solar panels located on the roofs of the Neftis Laboratorios warehouses in Santa Eulàlia de Ronçana.

The planned production is 506,939 kWh/year, which is equivalent to 40.2% of the energy Neftis Laboratorios consumes annually in its production process at its facilities. Of the total planned photovoltaic production, 65.5% will be used for self-consumption.

CO2 saving involved in the photovoltaic project

This energy self-consumption project will enable Neftis Laboratorios to stop emitting 200 tonnes of CO2 in the atmosphere annually, which is the equivalent of planting 6,700 trees every year.

Furthermore, the installation will provide Neftis Laboratorios with a substantial annual energy saving, meaning it will have recouped its investment within only 7 years.

According to Marc Xalabarder, Managing Director of Neftis Laboratorios: “This energy project fits in perfectly with our strategic goals at Neftis, namely sustainability, growth and adaptability. We are extremely pleased to be starting this energy self-consumption project which will lead to a drastic reduction in our CO2 emissions in the atmosphere. We couldn’t consider ourselves a modern company without sustainability measures such as the one we have taken with this new investment”.

What is photovoltaic self-consumption?

The purpose of a photovoltaic solar self-consumption installation, such as the one in this project, is to transform sunlight into electrical energy, then converting it and channelling it for its immediate use within the facilities. This requires three basic items: solar collectors, an inverter and a power controller.

Key details of the Neftis Laboratorios project

  • 100% renewable energy production and self-consumption project.
  • Fulfilment of UN Sustainable Development Goal number 7.
  • Saving of 200 tonnes of CO2 in the atmosphere, which is the equivalent of planting 6,700 trees per year.
  • Installation of 886 solar panels.
  • Planned production of 506,939 kWh/year.
  • Total power output of 407.56 kWp.
  • Investment recoup period: 7 years.