Sri Lankan aluminium extruder Swisstek Aluminium Limited announced this week the installation of solar power generation equipment at its factory complex in an effort at promoting the firm’s sustainable production drive.
Swisstek installed a rooftop solar array with over 3,000 photovoltaic cells under the Ceylon Electricity Board’s net plus scheme. The solar array is part of the wider push to increase solar power’s contribution to the grid, which at present contributes over 2.1 million kilowatt hours per year.
The new solar power array can produce up to 30 percent of the factory’s needed power, which dramatically reduces its overall carbon production. Swisstek also notes that, due to the power-intensive operations of powder coating and anodizing of extruded aluminium that takes place at the plant, the switch to renewable energy also has a measurable improvement on the plant’s operating costs.
Swisstek Aluminium Chief Executive Officer Tharindu Atapattu said in a related press release that the move is proof positive of his firm’s desire to be a sustainable producer of extruded aluminium.
“At Swisstek Aluminium, our quality promise also comes with a commitment to becoming the most environmentally-friendly manufacturer for aluminium extrusions in Sri Lanka. Completing this renewable energy generation project marks a huge step towards ensuring sustainability, as we have reduced a large portion of our carbon footprint.”
“In this way, we aim to continue contributing towards the country’s progress towards its goals of achieving an export-oriented economy, as well as reducing the demand for non-renewable energy, which we hope will set an example for other industries to follow suit,” he continued. “Especially given the current situation, we believe it is up to all of us to do our part in taking Sri Lanka forward.”
“We aim to further increase renewable powder generation capacity to 100% by undertaking similar efforts in the future, thus achieving a carbon-neutral production process through our next phase of development,” Atapattu concluded.