PRESS RELEASE

Racafé and Celsia install first solar roof in Huila

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

This press release from Celsia was published using an automatic translation system.

Coffee, Colombia's flagship agricultural export product, is now also processed with electricity from the sun. Celsia, the energy company of Grupo Argos and Racafé, one of the leading coffee traders in the country with 64 years of experience, installed the first solar roof in the department of Huila with an installed capacity of 122.04 kWp.

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The system has 452 modules and 4 inverters, with which it is estimated that 170,591 kWh / year will be generated annually, and the emission of 62.6 tons of CO 2 per year will be avoided, equivalent to planting 3,470 trees. With the photovoltaic energy generated, 27% of the energy demand of the thresher located on the Neiva - Palermo road will be met.

"This is one of the first solar roofs that we put into operation this year, of which we are in the process of assembling in several cities of the country, with Racafé we are also opening a market in Huila, they are our first customer in this department with a product innovative as they are the solar roofs ", affirmed Luis Felipe Vélez, leader of Commercial of Celsia , when indicating that this landmark is very symbolic even for the country since it is a coffee company, a product that undoubtedly represents us as a nation, that is involving clean, green, solar energy in their productive systems; and Celsia is part of this step that the coffee sector takes.

This is Racafé's first solar roof, but the purpose is to install solar energy self-generation systems in other headquarters of this company that has 8 threshers in Armenia, Bogotá, Pereira, Popayán, Medellín, Bucaramanga and Huila, exports 72 % of its production in 41 countries and has a 10.6% share of the Colombian market.

For his part the manager of Racafé, Luis Carreño Pombo , said that "aware of our actions dedicated to the purchase, threshing, marketing of green coffee and product development, we support responsible consumption and integrate into our business factors that add value to In this sense, we are venturing into the world of renewable energies with this project, an important step resulting from an innovation process that has been in the DNA of our company for many years.It is very satisfactory within the framework of the 65 years of activities to be able to inaugurate this solar roof in the hands of Celsia and be the first Colombian company to thresh coffee using clean energy. "

The businessman added that "Racafé chose Celsia for this first step, of many that we hope to give together on the issue of clean energy, for their experience and their proposal, it is not simply doing this business but starting a lasting alliance, as is our purpose central: build long-term relationships that generate value. "

The solar energy revolution arrived in Colombia with Celsia

Celsia through Epsa is developing a series of solar generation projects in Colombia, which have positioned it as a leading company in the implementation of this type of initiatives. The goal of the organization is to have 250 MW of photovoltaic installed in the medium term, of which 200 MW are in Colombia. In that sense:

  • Last year the company put into operation the first solar farm in the country 'Celsia Solar Yumbo' in Valle del Cauca, of 9.8 MW.
  • It has 25 roofs and a solar floor in the facilities of our clients, some of them are: Compañía Nacional de Chocolates, (Antioquia), Universidad Autónoma de Occidente (Valle del Cauca), International Center for Tropical Agriculture, CIAT, (Valle del Cauca), Convention Center of Cartagena de Indias, among others.
  • It has another 25 solar roofs in process to customers in different regions of the country.
  • It is building the second solar farm in the country: Celsia Solar Bolivar, which will be located in the municipality of Santa Rosa de Lima (Bolívar), will have an installed generation capacity of 8.06 MW and is estimated to generate 15.5 GWh-year , which is the equivalent to the energy demand of some 7,400 homes.