Solar PV technology is helping power manufacturing processes across various industries bringing down electricity costs. Bridgestone Americas has recently switched on its 1st ground mounted solar power facility to power its tire manufacturing in Aiken County. (Photo Credit: Bridgestone Americas, Inc.)
- Solar Alliance Energy has set up a 2.4 MW solar array for Bridgestone Americas
- More than 7,000 solar modules installed here are expected to generate close to 4 GWh of electricity on annual basis
- Bridgestone will use the power generated to power its manufacturing process of passenger and light truck tire plant
Bridgestone Americas Inc. has announced commissioning of the company’s 1st ground based solar array in Aiken County of South Carolina in the US. The solar power facility directly powers its manufacturing process of passenger and light truck tire plant.
Solar Alliance Energy Inc. commissioned the 2.4 MW project for Bridgestone Americas calling it the largest solar project in the company’s history. Capital cost of $2.7 million was incurred on the project that’s equipped with more than 7,000 solar modules. It is expected to generate close to 4 GWh of electricity annually all of which will be used to offset usage within the Bridgestone’s manufacturing plant.
“Our global sustainability framework includes important goals in reducing CO2 emissions by 50 percent by 2030, as we strive toward our long-term environmental target of becoming carbon neutral by 2050,” said President & CEO of Bridgestone Americas, and Executive Vice President and Executive Officer, Bridgestone Corporation, Paolo Ferrari.
Bridgestone produces passenger and light truck tires for original equipment manufacturers and retail at the Aiken County Passenger Tire Plant in Graniteville since 1998. It also operates the Aiken County Off Road Tire plant in Trenton producing large and ultra large off road radial tires.