Hyundai Motor Co. will install the largest rooftop photovoltaic power plant in South Korea at its Asan manufacturing site to expand usage of renewable energy and help reduce global warming. The carmaker’s Asan plant will host the photovoltaic power plant, while Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) will purchase the electricity produced by the solar modules and distribute it to areas near the site, including Asan.
Hyundai will be collaborating with thermal power company Korea Midland Power Co., Ltd. (KOMIPO) to install about 40,000 solar photovoltaic modules on the rooftops of Asan’s press, welding, assembly and engine buildings by the end of 2013, for a total surface area of 213,000 square meters. The areas installed with the solar photovoltaic modules will take up to 68 percent of the total roof space.
Combined, the modules could generate up 10 MW of electricity, allowing the rooftop photovoltaic power plant to be capable of supplying up to 11.5 million KWh of electricity annually, or provide a stable supply of electricity for up to 3,200 households.
The installation will neither require additional land nor lead to environmental issues, since all of the solar photovoltaic modules will be installed at existing rooftops at the plant. The choice of the Asan site for the installation of the photovoltaic power plant is appropriate, since it builds the eco-friendly Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, the Sonata and the Grandeur.