Bekaert and Edison Next sign a 12-year solar power purchase agreement for a 6.1 MW installation at Bekaert's plant in SardiniaBekaert and Edison Next sign a 12-year solar power purchase agreement for a 6.1 MW installation at Bekaert's plant in Sardinia
  • Bekaert partners with Edison Next for a 6.1 MW solar installation
  • The project aligns with Bekaert’s sustainability strategy, Creating a Better Tomorrow
  • Over 20% of the plant’s energy needs to be met by the solar system

Zwevegem, Belgium — Bekaert, a global leader in steel wire transformation and coating technologies, in a significant stride towards sustainability, Thursday announced a 12-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Edison Next. This collaboration aims to install a 6.1 MW photovoltaic system at Bekaert’s facility in Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy, marking a milestone in Bekaert’s sustainability strategy, aptly named Creating a Better Tomorrow.

Scheduled to be operational in 2025, the solar installation is a testament to Bekaert’s commitment to eco-friendly practices. Edison Next will finance, develop, and manage the installation, spreading over approximately 23,000 square meters. This initiative not only aligns with the global shift towards renewable energy but also significantly contributes to the local economy and environment.

The system is expected to generate over 11.2 GWh of electricity annually, addressing more than 20% of the plant’s current energy requirements. The environmental impact is profound, with an anticipated reduction in CO₂ emissions by about 3,000 tonnes yearly. This figure equates to the annual energy consumption of over 4,000 households. Bekaert Sardinia plans to self-consume 93% of the renewable electricity generated, emphasizing its dedication to energy efficiency and self-reliance.

The photovoltaic system in Sardinia is not just an isolated effort but a critical component of Bekaert’s broader sustainability strategy. This project demonstrates the company’s proactive approach in integrating sustainable practices into its core operations, setting an example for others in the industry.

By Lisa Luckas

Lisa Luckas is a Sr. Business News Editor at Nobot.News.

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