The solar park which covers the roofs of the company’s buildings generates 440.000 kWh per year.
The buildings which house the SOLANCIS operations have been covered with the solar energy system (photovoltaic energy) since 2014, covering a total area of 2097m². This “green” technology generates around 440.000 kWh of energy each year which corresponds to 25 per cent of the energy the company requires for its daily operations.
This is one more step that the company has taken on the path to sustainability. Thus, SOLANCIS is contributing towards the goals set out for Portugal, whereby the country is committed to increasing its renewable energy source electricity production from 45 per cent in 2010 to 59 per cent in 2020.
According to the General Directorate of Energy and Geology, Portugal was, in 2012, the fourth country in the European Union with the largest integration of renewable energy sources - going down by one in its position in relation to 2011 due to a great reduction in hydroelectric energy production (-45%)
What is photovoltaic energy?
Photovoltaic energy is electrical energy produced using sunlight. The amount of electricity produced is proportional to the existing solar radiation - although weaker on rainy or cloudy days, the production is still maintained.
The solar energy conversion process uses photovoltaic cells made out of silicon or another semi-conductive material. As soon as the sunlight falls on a photovoltaic cell, the electrodes of the semi-conductive material move, thereby creating electricity.