Solar-Powered Soltec Sets New Industry Standard for Sustainable Waste Management
- Soltec has completed a significant installation of Solar PV Panels at our Mullingar facility
- An 86.5KW system consisting of 186 solar panels on a Trapezoidal rooftop, will replace conventional power sources to provide over 80% of the waste management facility’s energy needs
- Soltec will reduce its carbon output by approximately 20,000 kg annually – saving approximately 400,000 kgs in carbon output over the first 20 years of operation
Westmeath-based Soltec, an innovative Waste Management company, has completed a significant installation of Solar PV Panels at their state-of-the-art Mullingar facility which was opened in 2022. The facility manages 20,000 tonnes of waste on an annual basis.
Soltec is an industry leader in recycling, recovering, and repurposing hazardous waste for the Irish industry, with clients ranging from multinational pharmaceutical companies to local garages and body shops. Soltec is the only company in Ireland capable of recovering used solvents using a unique distillation and filtration process, and 93% of the hazardous waste processed by Soltec is recovered and recycled into new or reusable products.
The Solar PV project represents Soltec’s firm commitment to environmentally sound and sustainable solutions, enabling Soltec to reduce its carbon output by approximately 20,000 kg annually, or approximately 400,000 kg over the first 20 years of operation. The 86.5KW system consisting of 186 solar panels on a Trapezoidal rooftop, was installed by Waterford-based Enerpower and is now live and seamlessly providing power to the facility. It replaces conventional power sources to provide over 80% of the energy used to power the five-acre waste treatment and recovery facility in the IDA Business Park, Clonmore, Mullingar.
Commenting on the project, Michael Corcoran, Managing Director of Soltec said:
“Our investment in a Solar PV project and installation of new energy-efficient equipment throughout our facility, represents another sustainability milestone that Soltec has achieved. Our goals align with Ireland’s renewable energy goals, and we pride ourselves in enabling our clients to achieve their own sustainability goals due to our recovery and recycling services”
Barry Parker for Enerpower said:
“Soltec is an excellent example of how innovation is transforming industry and Enerpower were delighted to work on this project. The site is now up and running and generating clean renewable electricity, completely sustainably and self-sufficiently – empowering Soltec to make even more of an impact on the sectors they support”.
Soltec’s Operations Director, David Corcoran commented:
“At Soltec, sustainability is not just a goal – it is our reality and at the heart of the principles and practices that power this operation. The Solar PV project and all the ongoing investments we make are in support of the circular economy, for ourselves and our clients – who can also become more sustainable and save significantly, at a time when all other costs are rising in their business. Industry needs local and responsible solutions to waste management, and we are committed to meeting that need.”
Sustainable Solutions for Irish Industry
Soltec has been providing sustainable solutions for over 25 years, long before the global awareness of the need to manage waste responsibly. Soltec is the only Irish-based provider of solvent distillation (recycling) services and one of only five companies that are licensed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to manage hazardous waste in Ireland. Our clients include a wide range of businesses, from multinational pharmaceutical companies to local garages and body shops.
93% of the hazardous waste processed by Soltec is recovered and recycled into new or reusable products.
Soltec has the capacity to recycle waste chemicals into reusable solvents products such as paint thinners, hand sanitiser, and industrial fuels. 83% of the liquid hazardous waste Soltec accepts is distilled into reusable solvents or blended into a sustainable fuel that is then supplied to the commercial industry.