Molasses marketing and trading, UM Group has announced that two companies with the group have taken steps towards becoming more sustainable.
UM Argos Feed in Hungary and UM Tameco in Belgium have installed solar panel arrays at their respective facilities.
The solar panel projects form an important part of UM Group’s sustainability strategy which was launched earlier this year.
The 44 kWp solar power plant at the UM Argos Feed site in Hungary includes 80 solar panels with the possibility of adding more in the future. The plant is expected to produce 49,616 kWh a year, feeding 9,625 kWh back into the country’s national grid during the summer months.
The UM Tameco site in Belgium has a capacity of 29 kWp for 64 panels, the maximum on the flat roofs available. Expected production is 26,000 kWh with the company potentially using over 90% of the power generated itself.
Nigel Jones, UM Group’s sustainability, quality and technical manager, says: ‘These are two exciting projects that form a key part of our wider commitment to becoming a more sustainable business. The two schemes will reduce our dependency on the national grid of the respective countries by as much as 30%.’
UM Group will be monitoring the success of the two solar panel projects with a view to installing similar systems at other sites operated by the business.