With the aim of having the new facilities as sustainable as possible, thus reducing the cheese factory’s footprint, the Solarize Cuba project will have the following direct impact:
Avoid the emission of 20 tons of CO2 per year (equivalent to planting 900 trees)
Production of 73.65 MWh per year of clean energy
At the same time, it will also have several indirect impacts:
Improvement in the quality of working conditions
Raising awareness of sustainability issues in the factory’s local community
Promotion of the region
This campaign will be used to fund the installation of solar panels for electricity production in the cheese factory, Queijaria Pacheco, awarded with multiple medals in the National Competition for traditional Portuguese cheeses. The success of their cheeses begins with the selection of raw materials from selected producers in the Alentejo region.
It will be a 40,26 kWp solar photovoltaic installation on the rooftop of a new facility (1600m²), with 2 production lines. Cuba is a small city in Alentejo, the sunniest region in Portugal. Solar power production in this region is very profitable and not as risky as in different regions. "Every hour the sun beams more energy onto Earth than it needs to satisfy global energy needs for an entire year."
This project will generate 73,65 MWh a year. As solar power becomes less and less expensive, the better the business case for producing electricity for self-consumption is.
The PV system will greatly reduce electricity consumption and thus, lower their electricity bill – a monthly reduction of €782,32, whilst the financial cost of the loan is €641,89 per month.
Payments Status: On time