ST’s Bouskoura Plant to Use 50% Energy from Renewables by 2022

ST’s Bouskoura Plant to Use 50% Energy from Renewables by 2022

French-Italian semiconductor manufacturing company STMicroelectronics has announced that its Bouskoura site in Morocco will procure 50% of its energy from renewable sources by 2022 compared to 1% in 2020, as part of its action plan to achieve carbon-neutrality by 2027.

ST has been present in Bouskoura for over 20 years with a back-end plant which employs 2,800 people. The site has developed several programs over the last few years to reduce its indirect greenhouse gas emissions (Scope 2) and augment the use of renewable energy sources, said the company.

The Purchase of Electrical Power Generated by Wind Farm

The electricity of 12 wind turbines produced by InnoVent in North Morocco will be fed into Morocco’s national power grid and then, purchased by ST. Located in Oualidia – El Jadida in northwest Morocco, near the Atlantic Ocean, the 10-hectare wind farm built by InnoVent, a company specialized in the development and operation of wind and solar farms in France and Africa, started producing electricity on March 2021 and will reach its full capacity of 36 MW at the end of the year. With annual output expected to reach more than 80 gigawatt-hours of green energy, the wind farm will likely contribute to reduce the Bouskoura facility’s CO2 emissions by about 60,000 metric tons per year – or the amount of carbon captured by planting 1,100,000 trees.

Solar Power Generation

In December 2019, ST Bouskoura set up a solar carport (250 parking places), with 2,400 solar panels providing peak power of 672 kilowatts and spanning some 4,000 square meters. With annual production of more than 1 gigawatt-hour of photovoltaic energy, this program reduces the site’s annual CO2 emissions by nearly 740 metric tons, says the company. The solar energy from this carport provides some of Bouskoura’s own power needs, to complement the power supplied by the wind farm.

Replacement of Conventional Light Bulbs by LED Lighting for the Entire Site

Kicked off in September 2020, this program aims to reduce the site’s annual power consumption by 1.3 GWh.

“Our electrical power purchases from the Oualidia wind farm complement our own generation of electricity by the solar carport, installed over a year ago,” noted Fabrice Gomez, General Manager of STMicroelectronics Bouskoura.

“We are proud to call on renewable and local energy sources to help the Company reach its goal of carbon neutrality, while also supporting the Moroccan government’s commitment to the energy transition,” added Gomez.

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Soumya Duggal

Soumya is a master's degree holder in English, with a passion for writing. It's an interest she has directed towards environmental writing recently, with a special emphasis on the progress being made in renewable energy.