Montego has made headway in its energy efficiency programme with a R22-million investment the company made toward a dedicated solar energy plant last year. The proudly local company completed work on the 843 kWp solar panel system, spanning 4580 m2 of rooftop space in May 2019.
The nine-month project followed closely on the heels of a R70-million factory upgrade which was implemented in 2018 to meet local and international demand of its premium quality pet food, which boosted overall production by 30%.
“The boost in production and demand for Montego’s pet food and treats meant that a move to renewable energy sources was crucial for us. Not only do we believe it to be our responsibility to sustaining the environment, but solar energy also presented attractive cost efficiencies from a business standpoint,” says Wilfred Cawood, the marketing manager at Montego Pet Nutrition.
The move to clean energy sources is a growing priority in South Africa, particularly in the face of the country’s costly dependency on coal. In light of the Covid-19 pandemic and the damaging impact this has had on South Africa’s economy, a report released by South African National Energy Association (SANEA) also asserts that clean energy could also help drive the country economic recovery from the pandemic.
“Solar energy presents a viable solution to the growing energy demand and strain on South Africa power grid,” says Cawood. “South African businesses have a role to play in facilitating and innovating clean energy solutions and developing the necessary infrastructure within communities.”
Contact Wilfred Cawood, Tel 049 891-0825, www.montego.co.za/contact/