On the sidelines of the inauguration of El Jadida’s first private solar station at the Nestlé factory, L’Observateur du Maroc et d’Afrique met Rémy Ejel, Chairman and CEO of Nestlé Middle East and North Africa, and Imane Zaoui, Managing Director of this company in Morocco.
The two managers explain the importance of this station. Which “is part of the Moroccan strategy for the development of renewable energies”, underlines Rémy Ejel.
For his part, Imane Zaoui specifies that the new installation will reduce CO2 emissions by more than one million kilograms each year. Another target, according to the same official: halving Nestlé’s CO2 emissions by 2030 and reaching a goal of net zero emissions by 2050.
Inaugurated on Tuesday February 16, the station covers 7,000 square meters adjoining the company’s plant, and operates some 2,600 photovoltaic panels to produce 1.7 GWh of electricity per year.
It is the third solar station installed in the Middle East and North Africa region, after those of factories in Dubai and Jordan. Its installation mobilized an investment of around 12 million dirhams, according to Nestlé executives.
“The Nestlé solar station in El Jadida represents a contribution to the national energy strategy which aims to produce, by 2030, more than 52% of the Kingdom’s electricity from renewable resources, one of the objectives of which is important is to promote clean production in our industrial fabric ”, declared Aziz Rabbah who made the trip to El Jadida for the inauguration of the new station. “We strongly encourage the private sector to contribute to the achievement of these national sustainability goals; we are also inviting more entities to take part in the daily efforts to make the environment healthier, ”he said.