Promotion of Renewable Energy
As an example of the first approach, our Sunderland Plant in the United Kingdom introduced 10 wind turbines supplying up to 6.6 MW of power. In 2016, the plant installed 4.75 MW solar power, and in 2021, additional installation of 20MW capacity has planned. At our Iwaki Plant, the guest hall for plant visitors is powered by solar energy. By storing surplus electricity in secondhand Nissan LEAF batteries, the plant both stabilizes the energy supply and uses resources more effectively. At the Huadu Plant of Dongfeng Nissan Passenger Vehicle (DFL-PV) in China, solar panels with a total capacity of 30 MW have been in operation since 2017, providing roughly 8% of the electricity used at the plant.
Regarding the second approach, our first Aguascalientes Plant in Mexico actively uses energy generated from biomass gas and wind power and achieved a renewable energy usage rate of 50% in 2021.
Solar power generators were also installed on a parking structure roof at the India Plant in October 2020 and on a warehouse roof at the Egypt Plant in March 2021, both of which have commenced operation.
We are also installing 5.5 MW of solar power generation at our Thailand Plant starting in January 2022.
Through these efforts, we have enhanced the renewable energy usage rate at our production plants as part of reducing CO2 emissions. In fiscal 2021, our renewable energy usage rate reached 11.1%.