Crown’s Spartanburg plant utilises solar energy
Crown’s Spartanburg, South Carolina, aerosol plant is set to offset one-third of its annual electrical usage by implementing a new solar panel array, covering approximately five acres.
The project marks Crown’s first use of solar power energy worldwide and contributes to one of the company’s 2020 sustainability goals of reducing its energy consumption by implementing renewable and alternative energy projects at the local level.
John Rost, director of sustainability and regulatory affairs, Crown, said: “Crown’s mission is to continue identifying unique sustainability projects that align with our commitment to manage and conserve resources and bring innovations to market that support the sustainability efforts of our customers and consumers.
“Working with Keystone Power Holdings to enact a project of this scale is a prime example of this effort in action. This project also contributes to Crown’s wider goal of continuing to drive down its emissions.”
Keystone Power Holdings and its affiliate KPH Construction Services worked closely with Hannah Solar to construct the ground-mounted solar array system – measuring in at 924.6 kilowatts with 2,680 photovoltaic modules. The system was installed and became operational in October 2017. It is expected to produce for the plant 1,310 megawatt hours per year, which is approximately enough electricity to continuously power 500 homes.
“We are pleased to be able to partner with Crown to help make its energy purchases green while delivering significant energy savings,” said William R. DePhillipo, co-founder of Keystone Power Holdings. “It was a pleasure to work together with Crown and Hannah Solar to develop and implement the largest leased solar array in South Carolina. It is a sign of great things to come in the state’s solar industry.”
In 2016, Crown set sustainability goals to be achieved by 2020 to support its commitment to reduce the environmental impact of its global operations and expand communication of its sustainability performance to stakeholders. Since then, the company says that it has already reduced energy consumption by 5.3% per billion standard units of production from 2015 levels, exceeding one of its goals.