The plant has capacity to supply 100% of Arapua's power needs, including mining, processing, and administration facilities. In total, 276.79 kilowatts peak (kWp) were installed, including 622 solar modules of 445 Wp each. The company is now working with Cemig (Companhia Energética de Minas Gerais S.A) - Minas Gerais state power company - to connect the solar plant to the power grid, which is expected to be completed in January/February 2022.
It is estimated that energy operating expenditure (mining and processing) will be reduced by 7% due to a sharp reduction in energy costs.
Brian McMaster, Chairman of Harvest, said, "Our zero-carbon strategy takes a big step forward with the completion of the installation of our solar power facility. We will experience immediate impact on the reduction of our carbon footprint as well as in the bottom line with substantial and ongoing cost savings. In the year we qualified for the London Stock Exchange's Green Economy Mark, this achievement is another big statement to our commitment to ensuring our operations and products are as sustainable as possible."
Read the article online at: https://www.worldfertilizer.com/environment/20122021/solar-power-facility-installed-at-arapua-fertilizer-project/