At its main seed processing facilities, tropical vegetable seed company East-West Seed has made the move towards clean energy with the installation of a 774-panel solar power project that produces approximately 364,500 Kw of electricity per year, helping power its seed processing facilities including the cold and dehumidified storage, and germination rooms.
"We are proud to be the first seed company to do this in Thailand. Innovation and technology are drivers of East-West Seed. Generating clean energy onsite at our Nonthaburi seed processing plant reinforces our culture of purpose, results and care, by investing on sustainability," said Wichai Laocharoenpornkul, General Manager of East-West Seed Thailand.
Solar power now covers 55% of the cold store electricity consumption during sun hours. It contributes 18-20% to the facility’s entire energy mix, generating power that is equivalent to electrifying 100 regular sized households.
The company has invested THB 9 million (USD 275,000) for this project, and hopes to recover its clean energy investment in 6 years time. This installation reduces carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by an average of 658 kg on a daily basis, or an equivalent of planting 4 trees per day.