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Grupo Empresarial Argos inaugurated the second largest solar farm in the cement industry in Honduras, further solidifying its leadership in Central America in the implementation of sustainable projects.

20 September 2023
  • With an investment exceeding USD 1.2 million, Cementos Argos and Celsia, both companies of the Argos Group, inaugurated a solar farm with over 2,100 photovoltaic modules at the Cementos Argos plant in Choloma, Río Blanquito, Honduras.
  • This solar farm will supply 25% of the electrical consumption demand of the Cementos Argos plant, as part of the company’s commitment to achieving a 27% substitution of fossil fuels by 2030 and Celsia’s goal to drive the energy transition in the region.
  • With this solar farm, Cementos Argos continues to solidify its leadership in the implementation of sustainability strategies, being the first and only cement company in Honduras to use solar energy to power its production processes.

For the construction of this solar farm, the second delivered by Cementos Argos and Celsia in the last three years in Honduras, an investment of over USD 1.2 million was made, generating 1.6 million kWh/year, which will supply 25% of the energy demand of the cement company’s plant located in Choloma, in the northern part of the country.

With the inauguration of this project, the Grupo Empresarial Argos reaffirms its commitment to sustainability and the implementation of initiatives to reduce its emissions, in line with its climate change strategy. The organization’s goal for 2025 is to reduce its CO2e emissions by 46%. With this solar farm, Cementos Argos continues to be the first and only cement company in Honduras to use solar energy to power its production processes and reduce its CO2 emissions by 23%, equivalent to the oxygen produced by more than 55,500 mature trees. For Celsia, it represents another step in the energy transition process aimed at having over 1,000 megawatts of solar energy in the coming years.

“At Argos, we are committed to transforming the cement industry, and we bet on sustainability as the means to do so. We are proud to be the first and only cement company in the country to use solar energy to produce eco-friendly cement and to be a reference in environmental conservation. We reaffirm our commitment to building a more sustainable, prosperous, and inclusive Honduras.”
Luis Eduardo Tovar General Manager of Cementos Argos Honduras

“At Celsia, we are proud to work hand in hand with our sister company, Cementos Argos, and together, put into operation the second solar farm in the Honduran cement industry. With this project, we reaffirm our commitment to leading the transition toward a more sustainable energy future for Honduras and the region, while promoting economic development and environmental care, contributing actively to reducing our carbon footprint and that of our Argos Group colleagues.”
Javier Gutiérrez Celsia Leader for Central America

This is the second project that both companies have worked on together to contribute to the energy efficiency of the cement production process. In 2020, they inaugurated the first solar farm at the Argos cement plant in Comayagua, which consists of over 32,000 solar panels and allows the cement company to replace up to 22% of its electrical consumption at the Piedras Azules plant.