Goodyear Malaysia has launched its array of 6,680 solar panels as one of its largest sustainability initiatives, officiated by the minister of energy, science, technology, environment and climate change Yeo Bee Yin. The array of solar panels is to power the company’s corporate office and production plant in Shah Alam, as part of its efforts to reduce its carbon footprint.

The solar panel system has the capacity to produce 2.5MW of electricity daily, and is connected to six low-voltage (LV) substations at Goodyear’s Shah Alam location. This will aid in Goodyear’s direct reduction of electricity costs and its dependence on the conventional power grid, while helping the company reduce carbon emissions by 1.98 million kg annually, estimated over 25 years.

Each panel is made of 375W bifacial monocrystalline perc double glass solar modules, says Goodyear Malaysia. “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 on multiple initiatives to protect our people, our consumers and the planet,” said director of Goodyear Asia Pacific manufacturing operations Ramon Le.

The solar panels installed at the Shah Alam facility helps the company significantly reduce the amount of electricity used, Goodyear Malaysia said. The firm is still purchasing electricity from Tenaga Nasional, however Goodyear expects to have excess electricity that it will channel back into the grid once its solar electricity generation setup is fully optimised, Le said.