Hyundai Motor announced that it will install the nation’s largest rooftop photovoltaic system at its manufacturing factory in Asan, Korea, to expand the use of renewable energy and take measures to help reduce global warming.
The system comprises 40,000 PV modules that will occupy 213,000 square meters of roof space and produce peak power of 10 MW. The system is capable of generating 11.5 million kWh of electricity annually, enough to power 3,200 households. Once complete, every year Hyundai could reduce 5,600 tons of carbon dioxide emission, which is equivalent to the effect of planting 1.12 million pine trees.
As 100% of the photovoltaic plant at Asan will be built on existing rooftops, the construction neither requires any additional land nor causes environmental issues. The choice of the Asan plant is appropriate, as Asan manufactures the eco-friendly Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, as well as Sonata and Grandeur (Azera in some markets).