La Planchadora joins self-consumption together with TSO Group to cover their essential needs during this health crisis in the most sustainable way

TSO Group has designed, installed and is currently monitoring the 23.20 kW SUNO® Ultralight panel photovoltaic solar plant, which already supplies electricity during the day to La Planchadora, a well-known dry cleaner and laundry in Seville for its express home service.

Thanks to this photovoltaic plant, La Planchadora covers 97% of its daytime electricity demand, obtaining great benefits in terms of energy savings and efficiency. In this sense, the annual production of the solar plant will reach more than 36,000 kWh and will reduce CO2 emissions by more than 14,000 kg per year, a figure that is equivalent to planting 433 trees each year. According to Jesus Jimenez, manager of La Planchadora, “we are very happy to have a self-consumption plant on our roof which, while allowing us to save money, also contributes to the environment by generating clean energy.”

Due to its adaptability to any surface and high efficiency, the panel installed in the photovoltaic solar plant of La Planchadora has been the SUNO® Ultralight, exclusive of TSO Group. Its flexible and ultralight material has allowed a 100% architectural integration, without the need of structures or perforations. These solar panels are only adhered to the roof with a special polymer to avoid damaging it, as it is treated with an insulating material against high temperatures.

This company will also have the ECO20® seal from TSO Group that will certify the production of photovoltaic solar energy in self-consumption of its plant, which is guaranteed by ECA Bureau Veritas. This requires a minimum period of three months in which to verify the consumption and condition of the solar plant. The company expresses its satisfaction with this sustainable commitment and the manager assures that the next step is to “discard plastic packaging in favour of a more renewable material, such as paper.”

La Planchadora is among the companies that have continued its activity since the decree of State of Alert by the COVID-19, adding to their daily work the manufacture of acetate masks and face protectors, which they distribute among their customers, health personnel and the bodies of the Police and the Civil Guard of the Andalusian capital. In addition, the manager of this company has announced that “we already have prepared masks and protective screens for children”, on the occasion of the permission to walk that has been granted by the Spanish Government and that will be official from Monday 27th. 

FIRST PPA TO PRODUCE ORGANIC EGGS WITH SOLAR ENERGY

The South Oracle (TSO) is once again a pioneer in promoting self-consumption with solar energy through PPA in Spain. Despensa San Nicolas, a company from Jaen, has relied on TSO’s experience to become the first company to sign a solar PPA in the organic food sector in Spain to produce its organic eggs, characterised by their excellent quality and high nutritional value.

This company, which specialises in organic products, will install TSO’s ultralight flexible panel on the roof of its 700 m2 poultry farm. The installation will have a 10.40 kW power capacity, covering the 100% of its daytime electricity consumption. Thanks to the photovoltaic plant that will cover the roof of the organic egg farm, Despensa San Nicolas will stop emitting circa 145,000 kg of CO2 into the atmosphere within the warranty period of the plant, reducing its carbon footprint by approximately 10,000 trees.

The photovoltaic solar plant allows Despensa San Nicolas to complete its sustainable policy, which is a step forward in the environmental balance of the farm, where the birds are raised in open space conditions within an organic olive grove.

 

 

 

 

Energy efficiency and ECO20® certification (made with solar energy)

In order to testify its commitment to environmental sustainability and energy efficiency, Despensa San Nicolas will be awarded with the ECO20® seal, the only one to guarantee a 100% production with energy from the sun, which is certified by ECA Bureau Veritas.

 

ECO20® certificated by ECA Grupo Bureau Veritas

TSO’s ECO20® seal already counts on the certification by ECA Grupo Bureau Veritas.

This seal is the only seal that guarantees the 100% solar origin and the CO2 emission reduction of self-consumption solar energy.

 

TSO, The South Oracle again achieves a milestone in its roadmap as a company specialized in solar energy and, this time, the star is its ECO20® seal, which, in alliance with ECA Grupo Bureau Veritas, makes its application certifiable for any asset, under principles of total objectivity and impartiality regarding the savings in consumption.

 

ECO20® is the only seal guaranteeing the residential, commercial, service and industrial sectors that the origin of their power consumption is solar energy. This seal proves the clear position in favour of environmental sustainability, because of its double certifying function: on one side, it guarantees the 100% solar originated self-consumption; and, on the other side, it thus testifies the reduction in CO2 emissions.

 

Furthermore, there are four differentiating ECO20® categories to determine the level of solar energy self-consumption from any installation or power plant. This way, every sector, in function of their solar power consumption, can be certified with the ECO20® seal, proving their level of energy efficiency. To that intent, there exist four distinctive referentials of the ECO20® seal establishing the level of a solar power plant’s renewable self-consumption. The first is the seal itself, aimed to certify those not overpassing 50% of renewable power consumption; the second, labeled as ‘Silver’, credits self-consumption up to 70%; the third, labeled as ‘Gold’, credits up to 80%; and the last category, ‘Platinum’, certifies those solar installations over 80%.

How ECO20® is born

 

Early 2017, TSO detected the growing interest big multinational companies showed in supplying their power needs with 100% renewable energy through direct self-consumption. Corporations like Apple, Google, News Corp, etc. were installing huge renewable power plants to supply their DPCs and central facilities. The whole initiative is born with the intentino to emotionally connect to their customers and increase their fidelization.

 

Following the same trend, TSO designed this certification called ECO20®: “Made with solar energy”, based on the compensation of warranties of origin issued by CNMC, for self-consumption solar photovoltaic installations for exporting agrofood companies. But, currently, this concept has been expanded  to other sectors (real estate, health, industrial or services) due to the huge potential it represents. This way, any company, business, industry or residential building consuming solar photovoltaic energy can differentiate from concurrence in a positive manner through the certification offered by the ECO20® seal, improving their policy in terms of sustainability and efficiency, and being part of their country’s energy transition.