Husqvarna Group has announced that it is building its first solar power generating facility at its current injection molding site in Nashville, Ark.
According to Husqvarna Group, the new facility is expected to reduce the CO2 footprint by approximately 1,000 tons in the first year of operation and approximately 25,000 tons over the expected 25-year life of the facility.
The new solar power generation plant has a capacity of 1.3 MW of solar power, the company says, allowing Husqvarna Group to increase its share of electricity from renewable sources of energy and thereby reduce greenhouse gases and other emissions generated by coal.
“At Husqvarna Group, we are serious about contributing to a low-carbon future and a more sustainable society. Sustainovate is our approach to integrating sustainability into our business,” says Valentin Dahlhaus, senior vice president of group operations for Husqvarna Group.
“Earlier this year, we committed to reduce our CO2 emissions by a third by 2035 compared to 2015. This on-site solar power installation will generate about 25 percent of the annual power required by the Nashville facility,” says Dahlhaus. “The Nashville initiative is an important example of how we’re putting Sustainovate into action.”
The construction will begin in the third quarter of 2017, and it is projected to be operational by the end of the year. The company adds that the solar generating system is scalable and has the potential to be expanded in the future.