Husqvarna Group is building its first solar power generating facility at its current injection molding site in Nashville, Arkansas. The new facility is expected to reduce the company’s carbon footprint by approximately 1,000 tons in the first year of operation and approximately 25,000 tons over the expected 25 year life of the facility.
The new solar power generation plant has capacity of 1.3 megawatts (1.3 million watts) of solar power. The cost of installation was not disclosed.
The construction will begin in the third quarter of 2017, and is projected to be operational by the end of the year. The solar generating system is scalable and has the potential to be expanded in the future.
“At Husqvarna Group, we are serious about contributing to a low-carbon future and a more sustainable society. Sustainovate is our approach to integrating sustainability into our business,” said Valentin Dahlhaus, SVP Group Operations of Husqvarna Group. “Earlier this year, we committed to reduce our CO2 emissions by a third by 2035 compared to 2015. This onsite solar power installation will generate about 25 percent of the annual power required by the Nashville facility.”
Husqvarna Group is a worldwide producer of outdoor power products for garden, park and forest care. Its products include chainsaws, trimmers, robotic lawn mowers and ride-on lawn mowers.