Roof mounted panels to offset electricity usage by 25%

In an unprecedented move to ensure continued sustainable business operations, Hemas Holdings PLC has initiated a greater utilisation of renewable energy as a part of its Group Environmental Agenda 2030.

The diversified corporate initiated this process to install several roof-mounted solar PV systems from Hayleys Solar, the renewable energy arm of Fentons Ltd at strategic locations where the Group’s significant operations take place. Once fully functional, Hemas Holdings’ usage of solar energy will offset the electricity usage by 25%, ensuring that its operations will have a minimized impact on the environment.

In addition to reducing the Group’s atmospheric carbon footprint and minimising ozone depletion, adopting alternative energy sources has prepared Hemas Holdings to face eventual fossil fuel shortages.

Hemas Holdings is hopeful to utilise its position as a changemaker to inspire other corporates to switch to renewable energy sources as well, so that collectively, sustainable business will become the new normal, minimising the entire environmental impact on Sri Lanka as a whole.

Through its environmental agenda, Hemas has pledged to work towards raising awareness and championing advocacy through partnerships to safeguard the environment, actively pursue the use of natural resources in a responsible manner, limit the impact of operations and reduce the use of plastics that are harmful to the environment.

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In continuing its efforts to transition more corporates to clean, affordable energy, Hayleys Fentons recently signed an agreement with Maliban Biscuit Manufactories (Pvt) Ltd. & Maliban Dairy and Agri Products (Pvt) Ltd to install rooftop solar PV systems across its key operations.

A 240kW (288.90 kWp) Grid Tied rooftop solar PV system will be installed at the Maliban Store located in Ratmalana and a 330kW (373.68 kWp) Grid Tied rooftop solar PV system at the Maliban manufacturing plant in Thalakiriyagama, Galewela. The solar PV systems will be installed by Hayleys Solar, the renewable energy arm of Hayleys Fentons.

The agreement was signed on behalf of Maliban Biscuit Manufactories (Pvt) Ltd by Ms. Kumudika Fernando, Managing Director of the Maliban Group of Companies and Mr. Shanaka Wickramapala, Director of Maliban Group of Companies. Mr. Hasith Prematillake, Managing Director and Mr. Roshane Perera, Director & Chief Executive Officer of Hayleys Solar signed the agreement on behalf of Fentons Ltd.

“We continue our purpose-led focus on driving the transition to clean energy, which will support Sri Lanka in achieving its priorities of generating affordable electricity and enhancing energy security. We are pleased to partner with Maliban Biscuit Manufactories to support them to navigate the prevailing energy crisis and ensure continuity of their production and operations,” Mr. Prematillake commented.

Ms. Fernando stated, “Today, despite facing many challenges brought about by the current economic crisis, we have successfully progressed with our targets of renewable energy in order to contribute to the country’s target and to reduce our carbon footprint. With the expertise and service excellence Hayleys Solar possess in the field of renewable energy, we look forward to a seamless transition to solar.

” Mr. Perera, also shared his thoughts. “Businesses today are facing daily power cuts, tariff revisions and related financial and continuity challenges. As a leader in renewable energy solutions, the team at Hayleys Solar has been swiftly moving ahead on a large pipeline of projects, working across commercial, industrial and residential requirements to build energy resilience.

” Maliban is Sri Lanka’s pioneering biscuit manufacturer with a history spanning over 60years. Today, Maliban Manufactories (Pvt) Ltd. stands as one of the nation’s most trusted and respected brands, with a wide range of products sold at over 100,000 stores around the island. Globally, Maliban reaches over 35 countries across 5 continents. The Maliban Manufacturing plant produces 25 million packs of biscuits every month under stringent hygienic guidelines.

Maliban is also an ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 22000, and OHSAS 18001 certified company, and is managed by a highly skilled team of professionals who oversee several key disciplines. Hayleys Solar predominantly focuses on Solar PV installations for domestic, commercial, and industrial purposes as well as utility-scale projects to enable greater utilisation of clean energy locally. Hayleys Solar has successfully completed over 100MW of solar installations island wide making it Sri Lanka’s undisputed leader in Engineering, Procurement, and Construction(EPC). Hayleys Fentons is also an ISO 9001, 14001, 45001 and 50001 certified company.

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