Goodyear Malaysia has officially launched its lineup of 6,680 solar panels which is one of the biggest sustainability initiatives and it is officiated by Puan Yeo Bee Yin, Minister of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment, and Climate Change. With the installation of the solar panels, it will power up and reduce the carbon footprint of Goodyear corporate office and production plant in Shah Alam in line with Goodyear’s global mission to drive sustainability and reduce environmental impact.
The solar panel system is capable to produce 2.5-megawatts of power daily and is connected to six Low Voltage (LV) substations located within Goodyear Shah Alam facility. Each panel is made of 375W Bifacial Monocrystalline Perc Double Glass Solar Modules and the panels will be responsible for powering the manufacturing plant, as well as the office and warehouse buildings.
With the solar panels up and running, Goodyear is set to reduce its spending on electricity while significantly reduce the number of carbon emissions by at least 1,980,433 kg per year across 25 years. Currently, Goodyear Malaysia is still purchasing electricity from Tenaga Nasional but once the system is fully optimized, they expect that they will have excess electricity which will be channel back to the grid.
Director of Manufacturing Operations for Goodyear Asia Pacific, Ramon Le said “For more than 120 years, Goodyear has helped people connect with the ones they love, the places they dream about, and a world of possibilities. As a leading tyre manufacturer globally, we are aware of the potential impact from our business operations on our environment, which is why we are embarking multiple initiatives to protect our people, our consumers, and the planet. To drive more sustainability efforts, we started a program called “Better Future” at the corporate level several years ago. Through this program, we have identified more than 600 energy efficiency projects that focus on environmental protection. For Malaysia alone, we have invested nearly US$5.7 million into the plant as part of our energy and environmental sustainability efforts since 2015. Through this effort, we have been able to eliminate almost 17% carbon emissions by the end of 2018,” Ramon added.