Bridgestone starts solar power generation at Japanese tire plants

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Solar power generation has begun at two Bridgestone tire plants in Japan, the Shimonoseki Plant and Kitakyushu Plant, based on a power purchase agreement.

This is the first time that a Bridgestone tire plant in the country has engaged in the large-scale generation of solar power based on a power purchase agreement. The solar power systems have a combined generation capacity of 5.8MW and will be used to supply electricity for the production of tires.

The renewable energy solution will also contribute to an annual CO2 reduction of approximately 2,700 tons compared to emissions from electricity supplied through the power grid.

The tire maker has transitioned to the use of renewable energy for all electricity purchased at every one of Bridgestone EMIA’s locations in Europe; the Hikone, Shimonoseki, Tosu and Kitakyushu plants in Japan; and the Tianjin and Wuxi plants in China. Bridgestone has also started to use solar power at plants in Thailand, the USA and in Europe.

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