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Sumitomo plans to build world’s largest rooftop solar array in Thailand




Sumitomo Rubber Industries’ Falken Tires plant is considering building the world’s largest rooftop solar array on a single facility in Thailand.

This tire manufacturer is regarded as the fifth-largest tire manufacturer in the world. The company sells tires in over 100 countries, while it plans to make its factory completely sustainable.

According to a report, the world’s largest rooftop solar installation will have around 40,000 solar panels. The project will cover an area of around 100,000 square meters.

The rooftop solar project will generate a total of around 22 MW, the report mentioned. Besides, it will consist of a new gas cogeneration system with two 6.6 MW boilers powered by renewable energy. This is expected to replace energy supplied by local utility companies.

The project is likely to enter into operation in 2025.

Meanwhile, Sumitomo has a target to reduce its emissions by half in 2029 and achieve carbon neutrality in 2050.

Earlier, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority had announced plans to build the largest single-site solar park with 5 GW by 2030.

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