Solar Panels Light Up PMI Joinease
Since 2009, PMI has been uncovering ways to shrink the carbon footprint of its factories. In 2014, they reached a turning point: finding fewer and fewer reductions to be made, PMI looked up, to rooftop solar energy systems. In 2016, work began on installing photovoltaic solar panels atop four factory roofs at PMI Joinease. Spanning 10,000 square meters, the installation took nine months to complete and has a capacity of 1 megawatt. The project is expected to save about 5.5% of the electricity PMI Joinease consumed in 2015.
The solar project is part of a unique initiative with local utility provider, Southern China Power Grid, which is paying for the installation, while PMI Joinease has committed to purchasing the electricity generated from the solar panels for the next 25 years.
The project is also part of an Environmental Defense Fund initiative to encourage factories in China to cut energy use. PMI has already worked with the EDF’s China program on energy reduction projects at four of its top factories, and at the end of 2016, invited PMI to be an SME leader in its Green Supply Chain Initiative. The Initiative launched in South China in 2016, and in 2017 will add an area of northern China west of Shanghai, where PMI has several factories.
This is an exciting step in PMI’s sustainability journey as it moves beyond reductions to renewables.