Solar container leasing company Redavia Gmbh announced on 5 March that it will provide a 504kWp solar photovoltaic system to supply a cocoa factory in Tema, Ghana. Redavia will deploy six units to a factory in Tema’s Free Zone Enclave owned by Zurich-based Barry Callebaut Group. The lease has a ten-year duration.
Barry Callebaut launched its Forever Chocolate sustainability initiative in 2016, which aims to eradicate child labour from the supply chain, lift more than 500,000 cocoa farmers out of poverty, use 100% sustainable ingredients, and to become carbon and forest positive.
“At Barry Callebaut, we want to make sustainable chocolate the norm. Already, 14 out of 59 of our group’s factories are running on 100% renewable energy. The solar farm at our factory in Tema is another important step in our long history of investing into a sustainable value chain”.
Redavia has had considerable success investing into Ghana. The company has three leases in the country, including a 340kW system supplying Red Sea Housing Services and a 70kW system supplying SGS, both in Tema, and a 760MW system providing power to beverage company Special Ice in Accra. Redavia also set up two rural solar mini-grids in Tanzania in 2017, one in Shitunguru and one in Isenzanya (AE 357/9).
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