Goodyear's Shah Alam plant is now powered by 2.5 MW solar panels

Robert · Jul 25, 2019 12:00 AM

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Goodyear Malaysia's corporate office and production plant in Shah Alam will soon be able to run independent of the power grid by utilizing renewable solar energy. The plant's roof top now features 6,680 solar panels that is capable of generating 2.5 megawatts of power daily. These panels will supply green energy to six low voltage substations located within the property, powering ot just the manufacturing plant, but also the office and warehouse buildings.

Gracing launching ceremony of the new solar panels structure was Minister of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and
Climate Change, YB Yeo Bee Yin. 

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Ramon Le, Director of Manufacturing Operations for Goodyear Asia Pacific 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 end 2018,” Ramon added.

The structure includes solar modules, inverters, supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), alternating current and direct current cable works, allowing for greater fluidity and control over the accumulated power. With this technology in place, Goodyear is set to reduce its spending on electricity while also significantly reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions.

Each panel is made of 375W Bifacial Monocrystalline Perc Double Glass Solar Modules, capable of reducing electricity costs. The panels are estimated to reduce 1,980,433.37 kilograms of carbon emissions per year across 25 years.

“The solar panels allow us to significantly reduce the amount of electricity that we use. Currently, we are still purchasing electricity from Tenaga Nasional, but once this system is fully optimised, we expect that we will have excess electricity which will be channelled back to the grid,” concluded Le.

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