Luderitz, Namibian seafood company NovaNam, a subsidiary of the Nueva Pescanova Group, has commissioned a NAD 36 million (USD 2.4 million, EUR 2.1 million) solar photovoltaic project at its hake processing plants in Luderitz and Walvis Bay.
The renewable energy project, which will generate 317,000 kilowatts per month, is part of a larger plan by Spain-based NovaNam parent company Pontevedra, Nueva Pescanova Group, to ensure sustainable resource management through the use of green energy sources at its fish-processing facilities in Spain and Namibia.
The Namibian solar project was launched in 2019 when NovaNam announced the development of two solar parks in the Luderitz and Walvis Bay areas, The Namibian reported..
NovaNam chief executive Edwin Kamatoto said the solar plant will reduce the company’s annual carbon dioxide emissions by 3,932 metric tons (MT).
He said the renewable energy project would increase value addition at hake processing facilities in Luderitz and Walvis Bay, where around 2,300 employees work to process 100 tonnes of fish a day.
The Nueva Pescanova group, which has various seafood activities, including fishing, farming, processing and marketing of fresh, chilled and frozen seafood products, has implemented an energy transition plan to convert all its facilities for processing fish into renewable energy sources.
The energy transition “is a significant step forward in our commitment to continue working for the environment and the sustainable management of natural resources,” Nueva Pescanova Group CEO Ignacio González said in a statement.
Pescanova said more than 50% of its factories, including those operated by NovaNam in Namibia, now have clean energy sources. The commissioning of the Luderitz and Walvis Bay solar power plants is a major boost to the Spanish group’s drive to achieve 100% clean energy in all its fish processing establishments, he said.
Currently, Pescanova has a total of approximately 42,000 square meters of photovoltaic modules in nine of its plants located in Spain and Namibia, which will generate energy for self-consumption of more than 12.4 million kilowatt hours per year. According to a statement from the company, the energy produced is equivalent to the consumption of 3,330 homes in Spain and represents a carbon reduction equivalent to the planting of more than 227,000 trees.
Kamatoto said Namibia’s investment in renewable energy is part of NovaNam’s commitment to both use cleaner energy and help free up other sources of energy to help meet the goals of development and infrastructure in Namibia. He said that by adopting solar energy to power hake processing plants in Namibia, the company is supporting the country’s efforts to become a bigger player in renewable energy to meet the target of United Nations Sustainable Development 7 – “Ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern services”. energy for all.”
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