Looking to alternate energy sources will help us reach our goal of NetZero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2035. One such source is solar energy. We have facilities all over the world. Some are better suited to capture solar energy than otherssuch as our Spartanburg, South Carolina, facility which averages 225 days of sunshine each year.
More than 4,000 panels produce 1,000 kilowatts of power for the Spartanburg plant. Thanks to the panels, we can reduce the amount of power supplied by our local utility by nine percent. In Beijing, China , nearly 650 solar panels generate 170,000 kilowatt hours of energy per year.
Mira, Kohler's United Kingdom-based shower manufacturer, is leading the company's charge into solar energy. The team has installed more than 1,300 solar panels at two locations, which generate 370 kilowatts of power. In the first year of use, the 925 PV solar panels installed at the Hull location created enough energy to power 663,000 light bulbs for a day. The panels prevented 85 tons of carbon dioxide from being emitted, the equivalent of planting 285 trees. In Cheltenham, 462 solar panels reduced the plant's GHG emissions by 17 percent. That's 46 tons.