The use of renewable energy sources is currently one of the motivations of every modern company with a view to sustainable corporate social responsibility. Our company in Slovakia has been successfully applying the principles of this business concept into practice for many years. In the environmental field, we are mainly concerned with providing services and solutions to customers with the aim of protecting resources, applying processes with minimal impact on the environment and waste management.
In the summer of 2019, in order to reduce energy intensity and to approach energy independence, we installed our own solar power plant on the roof of our plant in Jarovce. Appropriate geographic orientation of the administrative and technical facilities of the company was used to enable efficient exploitation of solar energy during the day. Installed 53 photovoltaic panels with a total area of 85 m2 convert the incident sunlight into a 15 kW electricity. In our geographical location, this solar power plant will allow up to 17 MW of green electricity to be produced annually. With an average annual consumption of administration and production in our facility of around 8 MW, the excess energy produced will be provided to the public electricity distribution network.
We use our own produced green electricity in the summer months for the company's daily operations; a substantial part for powering air conditioning and electrical appliances (data servers, computers, printers, lighting, household appliances, charging electric manipulators). Outside the summer, we are thinking about extending the utilization of installed power to electric heating of hot water in combination with hot-water central heating of the company premises*, or perspectively even to recharge electric vehicle batteries.
Of course, additional equipment for our future goals will also require additional investment.
However, we want to remain progressive and belong to a community of responsible entrepreneurs who, through their environmental projects for life, contribute to reducing the carbon footprint and global environmental protection of society at all.
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*September 12, 2019: A storage tank for heating water with an output of electric heating coils of 2x 4.5 kW, was installed and connected to the hot-water heating circuit of the company's administrative building.