South Korea’s largest car maker, Hyundai, has this week installed the countrys largest rooftop PV installation a 40,000 panel, 11.5 million kWh per year solar ceiling atop its production plant in Asan, a city some 95 kilometers south of the capital, Seoul.
Spread across 213,000m² and covering 68% of the ceiling space, the installation will be capable of producing enough clean PV energy to power 3,200 local households annually, delivering enough clean electricity to mitigate 5,600 tons of carbon emissions a year.
Korea Electric Power Corp. has agreed to purchase the electricity generated to distribute in the local Asan area.
The panels provide an additional benefit for plant workers, too, according to Hyundai: they help reduce temperatures inside the plant during summer, reducing reliance on air conditioning and helping to improve efficiency and working conditions.
"Hyundai has continuously striven to take steps to cut back on energy consumption and contributed to the development of clean reusable energy," said a Hyundai chief executive at the Asan plant.