Mondragon Assembly installs 100kw of photovoltaic modules at its Aretxabaleta head office
The Basque cooperative has managed to produce 15% of energy through its photovoltaic modules
Mondragon Assembly has launched a project with the aim of achieving more responsible consumption and having more and more sustainable and efficient facilities. The project will be developed in two phases, the first of which was launched at the beginning of 2019, when Mondragon Assembly decided to install 380 solar panels produced by its customers at its Aretxabaleta head office. With this initiative, it has been possible to produce 15% of energy through photovoltaic modules whilst reducing carbon, sulphur, and nitrogen emissions. The investment undertaken, exceeding €150,000, is expected to be amortised over the next 8 years with the generation of energy produced by the installed PV modules.
The second phase of this ambitious project is framed in the context of a European R&D project and consists of the installation of 150 m2 of Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) on the façade of the Mondragon Assembly facilities, in Aretxabaleta. There is currently a high interest in Europe regarding the development of BIPV, which consists of the use of photovoltaic modules on building façades. With this installation, which is expected to be completed by early 2021, 18-20% of the energy produced could be generated.
Mondragon Assembly committed to the environment
In addition to this ambitious project, different measures have been implemented at Mondragon Assembly with the aim of achieving sustainable consumption. Examples include the reduction, by one tonne, of CO2 emissions of the vehicle fleet currently owned or equipping its Aretxabaleta plant with LED lights.
Solar panels made with lines manufactured by Mondragon Assembly
One of the strategic businesses of the Mondragon Assembly Group is the design and manufacture of turnkey equipment for the production of photovoltaic modules. For that reason, the PV modules installed at the top of the building are produced by customers who own equipment manufactured by Mondragon Assembly.
About the MONDRAGON Assembly Group
Mondragon Assembly is an international group specialising in the development of automation and assembly solutions. It currently has six production plants: Aretxabaleta (Gipuzkoa), its head office, Mexico, France, Germany, China and Brazil, as well as a subsidiary in India. It operates in sectors such as solar energy, automotive, home appliance components, cosmetics, medical devices, and electronic components. Its staff consists of a team of over 400 individuals, and its 2018 turnover was in excess of €85 million.