Goodyear’s Solar Leap: Massive Installation Powers Up Pulandian Factory!

November 1, 2023
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Goodyear Pulandian plant rooftop with solar panels covering 178,053 m2
Goodyear Pulandian plant rooftop with solar panels covering 178,053 m2

Hats off to Goodyear! They’ve just rolled out a massive solar panel setup at their Pulandian factory in Dalian, China. We’re talking about a whopping 29,700 solar panels. These aren’t just for show; they’ll be powering the whole plant, from the manufacturing floor to the offices and storage areas. The best part? This move is set to cut down carbon emissions from their electricity use by 17,000 metric tons every year for the next 25 years. Now that’s what I call making a difference!

A bit of a throwback – in 2021, Goodyear shared their green dream: to run their manufacturing on 100% renewable energy by 2030 and to make everything they do powered by renewables by 2040. With their investments in the Asia Pacific, they’re now producing around 28 megawatts of electricity from the sun. And if we look at the bigger picture, they’ve got solar setups in 10 spots worldwide, generating a cool 30 megawatts.

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Nathaniel Madarang, the president of Goodyear Asia Pacific, had this to say: “Goodyear prides itself on our work to create a better future, and our commitment to renewable energy is an important part of that. We are increasing our use of renewable energy in our manufacturing facilities with solar installations at our plants in China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. We expect to continue to add additional onsite solar capacity in our region helping us to reach our corporate-wide 2030 and 2040 goals.” He’s optimistic about adding even more solar power to their portfolio, keeping their eyes on the 2030 and 2040 targets.

A bit about Goodyear – they’re one of the top tire makers globally, with a team of 72,000 folks. They’ve got 57 factories in 23 countries. They’re also innovating like crazy in Akron, Ohio, and Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg, pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in the tire world.

Goodyear’s not just talking the talk; they’re walking the walk when it comes to a greener future. Their Pulandian solar project is a clear sign of their commitment. The road ahead is long, but with companies like Goodyear taking the lead, the future looks bright – and green!

Sunita Somvanshi

With over two decades of dedicated service in the state environmental ministry, this seasoned professional has cultivated a discerning perspective on the intricate interplay between environmental considerations and diverse industries. Sunita is armed with a keen eye for pivotal details, her extensive experience uniquely positions her to offer insightful commentary on topics ranging from business sustainability and global trade's environmental impact to fostering partnerships, optimizing freight and transport for ecological efficiency, and delving into the realms of thermal management, logistics, carbon credits, and energy transition. Through her writing, she not only imparts valuable knowledge but also provides a nuanced understanding of how businesses can harmonize with environmental imperatives, making her a crucial voice in the discourse on sustainable practices and the future of industry.

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