SABIC’s polycarbonate facility located in Cartagena, Spain is set to become the world’s first large-scale chemical production site to be run entirely on renewable power.
SABIC’s polycarbonate facility located in Cartagena, Spain is set to become the world’s first large-scale chemical production site to be run entirely on renewable power.

SABIC says that its polycarbonate facility located in Cartagena, Spain is set to become the world’s first large-scale chemical production site to be run entirely on renewable power.

Electricity utility company Iberdrola will reportedly invest almost €70 million to construct a 100MW solar photo voltaic (PV) facility with 263,000 panels, on land owned by SABIC, making it the largest industrial renewable power plant in Europe. The plant is expected to be fully operational in 2024.

The company aims to have 4GW of either wind or solar energy in-stalled for its sites globally by 2025, rising to 12GW by 2030. In 2019, solar panels were installed at SABIC sites in India and Thailand, helping reduce greenhouse emissions by 200 tons.

‘In recent years, the many breakthroughs in renewable energy technology have made deploy-ment at this kind of scale possible,’ said Bob Maughon, EVP SABIC. ‘The new PV plant will deliver an 80kt annual reduction in indirect CO2 emissions, and fur-thers strengthens our support and contribution to wider climate change initiatives like EU 2030 and our alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.’

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