Chilean steel manufacturer Cintac announced on Thursday it is building a 8-MWp solar rooftop system at its Santiago plant.
Spread over 90,000 sq m (968,751 sq ft), the system is expected to generate enough power to meet the annual electricity consumption of 5,000 households. The photovoltaic (PV) array, scheduled to go online in the second half of 2016, will also be able to offset 4,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per year. Cintac intends to market this system to different industries in the country, the company said.
The output of the solar array will be used for the production processes of the factory and the surplus will be injected into the distribution network, Cintac's general manager Javier Romero pointed out.
This is not the company's first solar endeavour. Back in 2015, it became the steel supplier for US PV tracker maker NEXTracker Inc in Chile.