Solar panels atop a Nokian Tyres Inc. tire distribution facility are producing enough energy to power the warehouse and send excess energy to the renewable power grid.
The panels, installed on the rooftop of Nokian's facility in Colchester, Vt., provide about 427,500 kWh, which covers more than 110% of the facility's annual usage.
“We continuously work to protect the planet and want to ensure we are doing everything possible to contribute to our long-term work towards environmental sustainability,” says Hans Dyhrman, director of marketing for Nokian. “Not only will this project contribute to keeping business costs at a minimum, but it will assist in our efforts to generate clean and renewable energy.”
Nokian's sustainability goals for 2020 include a significant reduction of rolling resistance in products, cutting carbon dioxide emissions from production by 20%, and auditing all of its natural rubber products.
The Vermont warehouse holds around 350,000 passenger car tires.
For more information, visit www.nokiantires.com.