Goodyear and Enovos inaugurate a new 4.4 Mwp solar panel installation in Colmar-Berg

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Aligned with its commitment to reducing CO2 emissions, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is continuing its collaboration with energy supplier Enovos to build a large-scale solar panel installation on its Colmar-Berg proving ground.

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17/05/2024 |
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The facility, which was completed in December 2023, was inaugurated today at the Goodyear proving ground, in the presence of Lex Delles, Minister of the Economy, SME, Energy and Tourism.

With a total surface area of 37,700 m2 , this solar project boasts a capacity of 4.4 MWp and is made up of 8,148 bifacial panels, capturing light both on the illuminated surface of the panel and on the lower surface thanks to diffuse light.

This extraordinary project was carried out in close collaboration between the Goodyear, Enovos and Paul Wagner et Fils teams, in order to meet both technical and safety requirements, enabling the site to run smoothly alongside daily tire tests on the track.

It now complements the two installations already in place at Goodyear's Colmar-Berg site, including the photovoltaic carport with almost 1,500 solar panels on the proving ground parking lot and the power plant on the roof of the Mold Plant. Together, with an annual production of 6.2 GWh of electricity, they will contribute to reducing carbon emissions by more than 50,000 tons over the next 20 years, while providing clean energy to 1,700 households every year.

"Since the inauguration of the photovoltaic carport on the parking lot of the same proving ground in 2021, Goodyear has further strengthened its commitment to reducing CO2 emissions, in line with its global ''Better Future'' strategy and climate ambition," said Romain Hansen, Vice President Product Development for Goodyear in Europe, Middle East and Africa. "We are also proud, as one of the country's leading industrial players, to support the Luxembourg government in its goal of transitioning to 100% renewable energies."

Anouk Hilger, Head of Renewable Energies, Enovos added: “This major installation completes our portfolio of major solar projects already completed in Luxembourg. It is a model in terms of sustainable development, as we have taken great care to preserve the site and its specific species. This project puts into action our deep commitment to the environment and the energy transition. It also shows that collaboration between experts, industries and governments is essential to catalyze and accelerate the energy transition to a sustainable future.”

“I congratulate Goodyear and Enovos on completing this large-scale photovoltaic project, which will generate renewable electricity for 4,800 residents. Thanks to solar energy, Luxembourg is well on the way to achieving its climate objectives; as Minister for the Economy, I am particularly delighted to see that companies based in Luxembourg are actively contributing to this,” said Lex Delles, Minister of the Economy, SME, Energy and Tourism.

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