The Dutch company, Combilo, has expanded their logistics center quickly. The next logical step was to lay solar panels on the new building, and a part of the existing building's roofs. This was done in collaboration with Dutch utility company, Nuon. Almost 4,000 solar panels, measuring a total area of 9,000m2 were installed.
Combilo is a fruit and vegetable importer/exporter. They have a clear environmental policy. Sustainable electricity generation integrates seamlessly with this. The company's Logistics Director, Richard van Bergenhenegouwen's, responsibilities include facility services and property management.
"At Combilo, sustainability plays a major role in all the facets of the company. Our trade demands a healthy growth and living environment. And, as a family-run business, we believe it is important that the climate remains healthy for future generations," he says.
"An ever-increasing number of buyers are also asking for ISO14001 certification. Naturally, we are happy to respond to this. One of the requirements of the new company building was that it be constructed with sufficient roof bearing capacity. We wanted to install solar panels."
"During the renovation of one of the existing halls, this was also taken into account. Based on the installer's calculations, the expected net production is a mere million kWh per year. The gross capacity lies at 1.1 million kWh," explains Richard.
"With this, we will become at least 40% self-sufficient. This number is based on our current power requirements. The installation was very recently formally put into operation. We can, therefore, now keep a close eye on how much energy we generate ourselves," he concludes.