Saudia Dairy and Foodstuff Company (SADAFCO), a leader in the Saudi dairy and foodstuff industry, announced a solar power project in Riyadh atop the car parking of its regional distribution center (RDC) in the capital.
The new commercially feasible system is eco-friendly and aimed at reducing its carbon footprint, which is part of the ambitious Vision 2030.
SADAFCO announced its investment in a SR2 million solar power project for its Riyadh RDC last year in October.It has started operations using a photo-voltaic diesel hybrid system that can allow for up to 40% of daytime energy requirements to be generated by the sun.
Commenting on its new operation, Wout Matthijs, CEO of SADAFCO said:
“we are excited that the Riyadh RDC solar project is operational, as it is a huge step toward having a sustainable energy mix.”
While this project currently only affects SADAFCO’s Riyadh Regional Distribution Centre, it will provide the company insight to the extent of possibilities for solar energy applications for all of its current 28 locations across its other locations.
“We are looking forward to find new ways to become more efficient and apply these experiences to other areas in which SADAFCO operates,” Matthijs said.
He said that “this is not just about powering our business, but reducing our operation’s carbon footprint in a way that is socially responsible.”
The good point of RDC installation is that it consists of hybrid diesel-solar configuration and utilizes fuel-saver technology that cuts down diesel consumption with the help of advanced control algorithm.
Over 2000 panels with a surface area of about 1,600m2, will be installed at the parking area and supported by steel structures to offer the added benefit of shading for cars he said.
He added that the Riyadh RDC solar project will be undertaken by National Solar Systems (NSS)/First Solar, a leading solar energy company that has already delivered projects for King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Aramco, Riyadh Municipality and several government and private clients throughout the Kingdom.
The project will operate high performance thin film photo-voltaic modules from US-headquartered First Solar Inc., he said.
These modules deliver more energy and faster installation than conventional crystalline silicon panels, in the hot, humid and dusty conditions experienced in the greater part of the Kingdom.
The new system not only offers cost savings through reduced diesel consumption but also reduces pollution.
The SADAFCO CEO Matthijs further pointed out that the company will utilize the most eco-efficient solar technology as it produces 226KW of power from the sun and combines it with output of existing diesel generators.
According to the McKinsey report, he pointed that if the Kingdom seeks market-oriented, productivity-focused, post-petroleum reforms, it can double its GDP by 2030, create 6 million new jobs, and raise household incomes by 60 percent.