Goodyear Malaysia launches solar panel use for electricity at corporate office, production plant

Goodyear Malaysia launches solar panel use for electricity at corporate office, production plant

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.

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  • Safety First on Jul 24, 2019 at 9:32 am

    I just wished they had used that money to research and make better tyres instead. If Michelin XM2+ could get up to 2.6mtr of braking distance shorter, that would mean your tyres are performing far far from the competitor. That’s a safety risk that many can’t afford, because that 2.6mtr meant the difference of a near miss or a rear ender.

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  • sam123 on Jul 24, 2019 at 10:17 am

    Congrats and well done.!

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  • redpilled on Jul 24, 2019 at 11:30 am

    Solar panels are a joke. Cleanest and safest energy come from nuclear power plants

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    • Linus on Jul 24, 2019 at 3:42 pm

      Then Malaysians would have accepted Lynas plant without worrying about radioactive waste.

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      • redpilled on Jul 24, 2019 at 5:27 pm

        Is lynas a nuclear plant?
        I thought so.
        Stats proven nuclear the safest and cleanest.
        If you want to kill more birds then build wind turbines. If you want to feel good without doing anything then install solar panels.
        If you the best solution then build a nuclear plant.

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      • Engineer on Jul 24, 2019 at 11:26 pm

        If Malaysians had did that 30 years ago we would have been closer in prosperity to France, Germany & Japan. Incidentally all 3 are major nuke power users.

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    • Not Toyota Fan on Jul 24, 2019 at 10:31 pm

      It’ll only take ONE incident to create a major catastrophic event. This is a country with first world infrastructure but third world mentality and maintenance culture. Tidak apa, esok lusa is SOP.

      3 Mile Island, Chernobyl, Fukushima.

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      • Jason Derulong on Jul 25, 2019 at 11:56 am

        I was a pro-nuclear until I saw the HBO series Chernobyl. Nuclear plant in Malaysia? Nope. Not with our third world mentality.

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