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Sustainable food production Incarlopsa

Eco-sustainable systems for the food industry: the case of Incarlopsa

Enel X has completed the installation of four photovoltaic plants which will help Incarlopsa supply clean and renewable energy

Incarlopsa turned to Enel X for the installation of four photovoltaic plants, amounting to 9.6 MWp with 21,000 solar panels on the roofs of its sites in Spain. The plant, which was specifically designed to meet the needs of the client, will provide clean and renewable energy that covers up to 18% of the company’s needs for the production process. This will reduce both costs and CO₂ emissions.

The client

Incarlopsa is a family-run, Spanish company and a leader in the production and processing of pork products. The business has premises in Tarancón (Cuenca) and a further eleven production sites in Castiglia-La Manica, Castiglia-Leon and Andalusia. It was founded more than 40 years ago and counts on the support of 4,200 direct and indirect employees. Incarlopsa is synonymous with quality, food safety and respect for the environment, thanks to its sustainable management model, in which innovation plays a key role.

The agreement’s benefits

Enel X’s challenge

Incarlopsa needed a more sustainable energy model that would reduce not only the cost of consumption for productive processes (around 14,000 kW a week) but also carbon dioxide emissions.

Enel X installed four photovoltaic plants amounting to 9.6MWp and 21,000 solar panels, covering a total area of 46,000 m² – the equivalent of six soccer pitches – on the roofs of three drying halls and the Incarlopsa production center. In order to preserve the environmental conditions of the drying halls, the panels were installed without making holes in the roof, thanks to a technique known as “zero-injection”. All of the energy produced is supplied to the client without any grid leakage. Furthermore, Enel X equipped the plant with an Energy Management System that detects any operational anomalies.

 

The installation of the photovoltaic plant will enable Incarlopsa to self-produce around 14 GWh a year of clean and renewable energy, thus covering 18% of the energy necessary for the production processes. In addition to the savings on energy bills, the solar plants will result in a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to around 3,500 tons a year.
Enel X’s challenge