Yamaha Motor has installed both solar and wind powered generating systems at its Nakaze Plant as part of its initiatives to employ alternative energy sources to replace petroleum fuels.
The company says the solar and wind powered systems generate about 26,000 kilo-watt hours of energy annually and are expected to reduce 18 tons of CO2 emissions per year.
The company will use the electricity generated by these two systems for the lighting and air-conditioning system for the offices of the factory’s employee welfare building.
The solar power generation system was installed as a joint research project with New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) and is the seventh system to be installed by Yamaha Motor. Under the joint agreement, Yamaha Motor will supply data to NEDO on the system’s operation for the first four years.
Last year, the company said it has already surpassed its goal of reducing CO2 emissions in its manufacturing operations by 12.5 percent compared to 1990 level of almost 100,000 tons by the year 2010.