“Sumol+Compal estimates to invest three million euros in a photovoltaic plant to make its production and distribution unit in Almeirim more sustainable from an energy point of view, with the production of renewable energy for self-consumption,” the group announced in a statement.

The project will be carried out in several phases, the first of which has already been completed with the installation of 1,850 photovoltaic panels, in an area of ​​11,000 square meters (m2) and an installed capacity of 1 MWp.

The first phase corresponds to 15% of the energy needs of that factory, a percentage that should increase to 25% with the start of energy production in the second phase, which is expected to be concluded at the beginning of next year.

In total, the project should reach an installed capacity of three MWp, avoiding the emission of around 984 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2).

The group also said that this plant opens the opportunity, together with the Almeirim City Council, to evaluate ways to make surplus energy available to the community.

Sumol+Compal has four production units in Portugal and one in Mozambique and exports to more than 70 countries.