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SMLC - Pepsico Bottler Starts its Photovoltaic Journey by Installing 1 MWp in its Plant in Lebanon

July 25, 2019 - Beirut, Lebanon

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SMLC was the first Pepsico bottler in the Middle East region to invest in a large scale and renewable energy solution for its plant and warehouses. The 1 MWp Solar Photovoltaic system was implemented by ECOsys, an ITG company.

 

Following a competitive bidding process ECOsys was chosen by SMLC based on its proven track record, competitive proposal and innovative design to implement a 1,030 kWp solar system designed over 7,000 m2 in Choueifat, Lebanon.

 

‘We always aimed for an innovative solution, looking for the maximum output while optimizing the return on investment’ said Mr. Shady Khoury, Operations Director at SMLC. ‘ECOsys was the supplier who dared to think out of the box and provided the “smart” controller enabling the switch between different sources of power.’

 

The system operates with two available sources of energy: the utility grid (EDL) and diesel generators.

The main challenge in this project was to create an automatic control system that prioritizes the operation of the solar system with Diesel Generators over the utility in order to meet the financial requirements of the client and maximize the savings. For this reason, the system was divided into 3 sets of inverters automatically controlled by a smart system with the ability to feed different loads.

 

The power plant is expected to generate per year 1,270 MWh and 850 tons of CO2 savings.

‘The main key differentiator that led to the project award was the innovative design proposed by ECOsys during the bidding phase. Our hard working team has successfully turned this design into reality, and we are very proud of our achievement’ stated ECOsys team of experts.

 

 

About SMLC


Société Moderne Libanaise Pour Le Commerce (SMLC) is the Pepsico franchise holder & bottler in Lebanon since 1952.

 

The company started its operation in the Hazmieh plant and over the years, the company grew its line of products to include Mirinda, 7up and a number of other brands; as well SMLC added a major production facility in the Choueifat industrial zone in the 1980s.

 

Since 2001, a number of brands were gradually added to SMLC’s portfolio, these include: Tropicana, Mr. Juicy, Lipton Ice Tea, Gatorade, AMP, H2Oh!, and Aquafina mineral water. SMLC also entered the snacks market through the distribution of Quaker Oats.

 

Today, SMLC has the highest carbonated soft drinks market share in the world, and has been a member of Pepsi Chairman’s Club since its inception. That club consists of Pepsi Bottling operations which have more that 80% market share in their territory.
For more info: www.pepsilebanon.com

 

 

About ECOsys

 

ECOsys, an ITG company, is a provider of world-class renewable energy & power solutions, for corporate, government institutions and homes. Our offering includes: Solar Photovoltaic solutions, Hybrid energy solutions, Wind solutions, and the related electronic components.

In addition, ECOsys offers Direct Current (DC) Telco power solutions as well as industrial batteries for reserve power.

For more info: www.ecosys.com.lb

 

Information Technology Group (ITG) is a Lebanese holding company. We combine an array of autonomous affiliates dedicated to providing a large portfolio of solutions and services in the MENA region, in the areas of hardware, system software, and application software, in addition to building automation and office solutions.

Strong with our proven track-record and solid partnerships with leaders in the ICT industry, we can offer the full spectrum of solutions to most businesses, ranging from office furniture to the full-fledged data center, in addition to Cloud-based services.

ITG derives additional strength and reach thanks to its affiliation with the HOLCOM group of companies which has a 50 year history in diligently serving clients in the EMEA region with its 5,700 professionals.

For more info: www.itgholding.com