First Solar Installation for Company will Produce 1.3 Megawatts of Power, Substantially Increasing Share of Electricity from Renewable Energy Resources
CHARLOTTE, N.C. [June 21, 2017] — Husqvarna Group, a global manufacturer of outdoor power equipment, is building the industry’s first solar power generating facility at its current injection molding plant in Nashville, Arkansas. The new facility is expected to reduce coal-based CO2 emissions by approximately 2,100 tons in the first year of operation, and approximately 52,000 tons over the expected 25-year life of the facility.
The new solar power generation plant will be capable of producing 1.3 megawatts (1.3 million watts) of solar power, allowing Husqvarna Group to increase its share of electricity from renewable sources of energy, and thus reduce the environmental impact of greenhouse gases and other emissions. Construction will begin in the third quarter of 2017 and is projected to be operational by the end of the year.
“Earlier this year, Husqvarna Group became the world’s first forest and garden company to have our greenhouse gas emission reduction targets approved by an independent initiative. Now, we will become the first company in our industry to build a solar power generating facility,” said Jim Moore, Vice President and General Manager of Sourcing, Operations, and Supply Chain for Husqvarna Group’s Consumer Brands Division. “It is important to demonstrate that we are serious and committed to contributing to a low-carbon future, and drive our industry to take action toward a more sustainable society. This new solar power plant will generate about 25 percent of the annual power required by our injection molding facility in Nashville.”
The solar-powered facility is part of Husqvarna Group’s sustainability journey, and the company’s commitment to reduce its CO2 emissions by a third by 2035. Husqvarna Group operates three facilities in the Nashville area. This newest solar generating system is scalable and has the potential to be expanded in the future.