Univar Solutions Inc. will install 1,020 kW of solar capacity and an energy storage system (ESS) with total energy capacity of 375 kW/753 kWh at its facility in City of Commerce, Calif. Univar Solutions reports that its partnership with Motive Energy on this project marks a further investment in on-site renewable energy generation capacity, as the company recently completed solar projects at other global facilities in Europe and Latin America.
The installation will reportedly reduce the non-renewable energy usage and emissions of Univar Solutions’ City of Commerce facility, one of the company’s largest locations, through a custom solar and energy storage solution. The project is expected to remove more than 1,300 tons of carbon dioxide from the environment per year, which is equivalent to removing 259 cars from the road or the electricity usage of 217 homes annually. Univar Solutions reports that its long-term environment, social, and governance (ESG) goal is a 20% absolute reduction of scope 1 and 2 carbon dioxide emissions by 2025.
“As part of our ambitions to achieve our ESG goals, Univar Solutions has committed to invest significantly in climate change reduction,” said Jen McIntyre, chief people and culture officer, as well as executive ESG lead at Univar Solutions. “Our partnership with Motive Energy, which will reduce emissions and costs at one of our major U.S. facilities, is another important proof point in our journey to transforming our operations with low-carbon enabling technologies. We look forward to continuing to invest in solar energy for our other sites around the world to reduce our carbon footprint in line with our net zero commitment.”
“This project marks another important milestone toward achieving Univar Solutions’ 2025 ESG goals and commitment to reach net-zero emissions by 2050,” said Liam McCarroll, director of sustainability at Univar Solutions. “Univar Solutions’ driving purpose is to keep our communities healthy, fed, clean, and safe, and recognizing the importance of carbon reduction is central to supporting the wellbeing of communities around the world. We are excited to be partnering with an innovative company like Motive Energy to transform how we generate and store electricity at the City of Commerce facility as part of our ongoing efforts to create a positive impact to our emissions reductions while also providing attractive economic returns on our investments.”
The project is expected to be completed during 2022. It will utilize Motive Energy’s Watt.io ESS and the CodeWatt software suite to build a microgrid at the Univar Solutions facility.