The project is Danone’s first solar PV (photovoltaic) project in China. Beijing-based ACC invested 100% of the system costs and undertook the design, construction, and long-term system maintenance.
Electricity from the solar systems will be provided to Danone at what ACC says are competitive rates.
Over its lifetime, the system will save approximately 55,000 tons of CO2, which is equivalent to planting more than 1.2m trees, based on a calculation method and basic data provided by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
Looking to future projects
Thomas Lapham, CEO of ACC, said, “Danone is one of the world’s greatest food companies with factories across China and the world. Danone Zhongshan can serve as a springboard to implement solar across these many facilities and make a major positive environmental impact.”
Operations vice president of Danone, Erwin Van Grootel, said in the past, Danone used green energy indirectly.
“Now, we generate and use green energy directly. This is an important step for us to reduce carbon emissions, and we have already identified the next factory where we will install solar panels.”
ACC has a long history of collaborating on solar projects in Asia, including partnering with Nestlé in December 2016 on a solar-panel roof project.