21 September 2023
AUSA, the manufacturer of compact all-terrain industrial vehicles, continues to cement its commitment to sustainability and has now installed more than 1,200 m² of solar panels at its headquarters in Manresa, Barcelona. This system will generate 350,000 kWh per year and will make the company energy self-sufficient during periods of maximum solar radiation.
The installation of the 500 photovoltaic panels was completed last May, when they became operational. Each of these panels produces 545 Wp of power and, during the hours of maximum solar radiation, will generate enough energy to meet the demand of all the company's facilities, including the four assembly lines, warehouses and offices. This further step by AUSA towards the energy transition will allow it to reduce its energy consumption by 35% and its annual carbon dioxide emissions by 100 tonnes, equivalent to the amount absorbed by 8,000 trees in a year.
The company has already taken other steps towards the decarbonisation of the industrial sector, as the manufacturer launched its range of electric vehicles onto the market at the end of 2022. Since then, AUSA has been selling the D151AEG dumper, with a 1,500 kg (3,300 lb) payload, and the T164E telescopic handler, with a 1,600 kg (3,500 lb) payload and a maximum lift of 4 metres (13 ft). Both are designed with sufficient operating range to complete a busy working day.
From now on, the production of these vehicles and the charging of their batteries will be more environmentally friendly, with the aim of reducing their carbon footprint and decarbonising their production process.
The solar panel installation project is part of the incentive scheme to promote self-consumption and storage with renewable energy sources, and the implementation of renewable thermal systems in the residential sector, as part of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan, funded by the European Union - NextGenerationEU.