Stellantis strengthens climate change with solar energy solution

By ramieza, 20 December 2022

Stellantis strengthens climate change with solar energy solution 

Stellantis, one of the world’s  leading automakers and mobility provider, has partnered with  Leader Energy Group to expand solar power energy generation at  its plant in Gurun, Kedah, Malaysia. The partnership covers the  installation, operation, maintenance and financing of solar  photovoltaic (PV) systems.

Stellantis will also seek to improve  energy efficiency in the Gurun plant's operations. Leader Energy  Group is a Malaysian-based power company with over 20 years of  operations in the power sector across Asia Pacific.  

Adopting solar power is another step forward in meeting Stellantis’  commitment to achieve carbon net zero emissions by 2038 as part  of its Dare Forward 2030 strategy. The installation of the PV power  system at the Gurun plant will generate a maximum output of  2,189.81 Kilowatt peak (kWp) electricity. Over the next 21 years,  these PV systems are expected to generate 54.811 Gigawatt hours  (GWh) of energy, accounting for an estimated 34% of the plant’s  annual energy consumption requirements. The solar energy  adoption will offset approximately 1963.4 tons of carbon dioxide  annually, equivalent to 50,340 trees planted in a year.  

“Stellantis is focused on building sustainable and profitable business  models in the markets where we operate. We are excited to work  with partners like Leader Energy that help us contribute to the fight  against climate change. This partnership is a positive step for the  ASEAN region and will assist Stellantis in achieving its industry leading target of carbon net zero by 2038, mapped out in the Dare  Forward 2030 strategy,” said Christophe Musy, Head of ASEAN and  General Distributors, Stellantis.

The collaboration is part of Stellantis’ continuous efforts to improve  the energy efficiency of its operations around the world. This announcement follows Stellantis’ efforts to ramp up solar projects in Michigan, U.S., and the implementation of PV systems at its  Mangualde plant in Portugal.  

The project was managed by Leader Solar Sdn. Bhd. (LSSB), a  Malaysian-based subsidiary of Leader Energy, which provides renewable energy solutions to Commercial & Industrial (C&I) clients  across the region. It took four months to complete the on-site  construction of the single rooftop solar PV system designed for the  Stellantis plant in Gurun. The project was completed on 31 October  2022.  

Izwan Rasul, Country Manager of LSSB, said: “We are glad to be  partnering with Stellantis to install PV systems at their  manufacturing plant in Gurun. The Stellantis team provided great  support at the site to ensure construction logistics did not impact on  their core operations. Safety and proper working methods were  always top-of-mind as we worked together to accomplish the  installation work." 

Leader Energy’s renewable energy solution for C&I is dedicated to  help companies like Stellantis meet their environmental goals. LSSB  offers a hassle-free Solar PV Zero Capex solution for clients to  immediately obtain savings while using clean energy to help mitigate  climate change.  

“Leader Energy is committed to drive Malaysia’s agenda of achieving  31% renewable energy mix by 2025, and 40% by 2035. This new  rooftop solar PV project at Stellantis’ Gurun plant will bring us one  step closer to that goal,” he added.  

Stellantis secured full ownership of the Gurun plant in November  2021. Equipped with world-class facilities and equipment, it  produces and supplies key Peugeot models 2008, 3008 and 5008  models to markets in ASEAN including Malaysia, Philippines,  Thailand and Cambodia.