GRANITEVILLE, S.C.—Bridgestone Americas Inc.'s tire plant in Graniteville is harnessing one of South Carolina's most abundant resources: the sun.
The tire maker installed its first solar array across 8 acres at the facility in Aiken County, S.C., a move that provides power directly to the manufacturing process. The solar panels generate enough to electricity to power 200 homes for a year, and reduce the tire plant's carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 1,400 metric tons annually, according to Bridgestone.
Paolo Ferrari, Bridgestone Americas' president and CEO, said the tire maker's decision to lean into these solar energy resources is indicative of the company's commitment to global sustainability and environmental preservation.
"At Bridgestone, sustainability is core to our business and integrated into every level of our operation," Ferrari said in a statement. "...This solar array is another positive step in Bridgestone's journey to contribute to a more sustainable and equitable society for all."
For the solar panel installation, Bridgestone partnered with Clemson University, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to explore best ways to encourage growth of native, low-maintenance and biodiverse vegetation around the solar panels.