Solar powered tire production at Bridgestone factory in South Carolina

Bridgestone Americas, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Japanese Bridgestone Corporation, announced its first ground solar array providing power directly to the manufacturing process. The new 2 MW PV plant is located at the company's Aiken County, Passenger/Light Truck Tire Plant in Graniteville, South Carolina.
»Our global sustainability framework includes important goals in reducing CO2 emissions by 50 percent by 2030, as we strive toward our long-term environmental target of becoming carbon neutral by 2050,« said Paolo Ferrari, president and CEO, Bridgestone Americas, and executive vice president and executive officer, Bridgestone Corporation.
According to the company, the plant was LEED certified by the U.S. Green Building Council and is a Certified Habitat by the National Wildlife Habitat Council. Bridgestone partnered with Clemson University, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to utilize its solar array as a pilot for the development of a sustainable ground covering utilizing native plants to encourage native, low-maintenance biodiverse vegetation in and around solar arrays in the state.

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