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AkzoNobel Adds 6,000 Solar Panels to Plants

Thursday, June 10, 2021

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AkoNobel’s sustainability goal of cutting carbon emissions in half by 2030 has achieved a new milestone as plans for two more major projects are being finalized in China that will install 8,000 solar panels at company plants.

Reportedly, more than 5,000 panels are slated for AkzoNobel’s Shanghai site while 3,000 panels are slated for Guangzhou—both decorative paints locations.

“Increasing the amount of renewable energy we use is a key part of our ‘People. Planet. Paint.’ approach to doing business more sustainably,” said Wijnand Bruinsma, AkzoNobel’s Program Manager for Sustainability. “The new installations will make an important contribution to our ongoing sustainability achievements in China and will help drive us towards our overall goal of moving to 100% renewable electricity by 2030.”


AkoNobel’s sustainability goal of cutting carbon emissions in half by 2030 has achieved a new milestone as plans for two more major projects are being finalized in China that will install 8,000 solar panels at company plants.

These new systems will become the primary source of power for their respective locations, generating around 1.66 million KWh in Shanghai and 1 million KWh in Guangzhou.

“We’re excited to see these two projects successfully come to life,” said Mark Kwok, Director of AkzoNobel’s Decorative Paints business in China/North Asia. “Sustainability is at the core of everything we do, whether that means improving the eco-footprint of our sites or addressing the environmental needs of our local customers and communities at large.”

Kwok notes that there are plans to add even more panels to facilities Changzhou, Langfang and Chengdu, in particular.

The company also reported that, at the end of 2020, AkzoNobel’s total share of renewable electricity use was 40%, with 34 locations and 12 countries already using 100% renewable electricity.

Previous Panels

The last project update from AkzoNobel came at the end of November, which reported that more than 3,000 panels had been added at sites in Garcia, Mexico (1,650 panels) and Barcelona, Spain (1,600).

“We’re already using renewable electricity at 33 of our locations in eight countries and have installed solar panels at 14 facilities,” said Bruinsma  at the time.

“The latest two projects will make an important contribution to our continuing efforts to significantly increase these numbers as we strive to achieve our ambition of cutting our emissions by 50% by 2030.”

The installation in Barcelona is slated to generate 15% of the site’s overall energy consumption and joins two other AkzoNobel locations in Spain where solar panels have already been installed—Vilafranca, and Vallirana.

Covering more than 5,300 square meters of space, the Garcia installation is set to generate 82% of energy requirements—making the site almost self-dependent—and it will eventually produce more energy than it normally consumes, according to AkzoNobel.

"We’re very happy to see this project come to life,” says Garcia Site Manager, Juan Francisco Garcia. “Initiatives such as this will help Mexico contribute to the company’s ambition to become carbon neutral and use 100% renewable energy. It’s very much aligned with our People. Planet Paint. approach and is a visible sign of positivity in these challenging times.”


Tagged categories: AkzoNobel; Asia Pacific; Business matters; Carbon footprint; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Good Technical Practice; Latin America; North America; Solar; Solar energy; Sustainability; Z-Continents

Comment from Tom Schwerdt, (6/10/2021, 7:49 AM)

Commercial scale solar like this on flat roofs is typically cheaper than smaller residential systems on pitched roofs, around 2/3 the cost per watt installed. In many places, this means a relatively quick ROI. Costs have fallen rather quickly in the past decade:

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