In an effort to strengthen its commitment towards carbon neutrality, Stellantis has announced a new partnership with Leader Energy Group to expand solar power energy generation at its plant in Gurun, Kedah.
The partnership covers the installation, operation, maintenance, and financing of new solar photovoltaic systems, which were installed on the rooftop of the Gurun plant in October after four months of on-site construction.
Adopting solar power is another step in meeting Stellantis’ 2038 global carbon net-zero emissions target, as part of its Dare Forward 2030 strategy. The solar power system at the Gurun plant will be able to generate up to 2,189.81 Kilowatt peak (kWp) of electricity, and over the course of 21 years, the system is expected to generate 54.811 Gigawatt hours (GWh) of energy, accounting for an estimated 34% of the plant’s annual energy consumption requirements.
The new renewable energy source will also offset approximately 1,963.4 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually, equivalent to 50,340 trees planted in a year.
“Stellantis is focused on building sustainable and profitable business models in the markets where we operate. We are excited to work with partners like Leader Energy that help us contribute to the fight against climate change,” said Stellantis Head of ASEAN and General Distributors, Cirstophe Musy.
“This partnership is a positive step for the ASEAN region and will assist Stellantis in achieving its industry-leading target of carbon net zero by 2038, mapped out in the Dare Forward 2030 strategy,” he added.
The collaboration with Leader Energy Group, a Malaysian-based power company with over 20 years of operation in the power sector across Asia Pacific, is part of Stellantis’ continuous efforts to improve the energy efficiency of its operations around the world.
Earlier this year, the company has also ramped up its solar projects in Michigan, U.S., as well as the implementation of solar power systems at its Mangualde plant in Portugal.
Stellantis took over full ownership of the Gurun plant back in November 2021, which now serves as a regional hub that produces and supplies key Peugeot models including the 2008, 3008, and 5008 to markets in ASEAN including Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, and Cambodia.