French tire manufacturer Michelinis embarking on an eco-friendly journey by installing a massive solar self-consumption system, boasting over 3 MW of power, atop its sprawling test driving range in the sunny region of south-eastern Spain.
Underlining its commitment to sustainability, Michelin has entered into a strategic partnership with the Spanish solar self-consumption specialist, ISE Energia, to oversee this remarkable project taking place at the Michelin Experience Centre (CEMA) in Almeria.
The solar installation, as per ISE Energia, is anticipated to empower Michelin with the capacity to produce an impressive 4.4 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of clean electricity. This visionary step will not only result in a more stable and predictable energy cost structure for Michelin but will also significantly diminish its reliance on conventional energy sources.
The Michelin Almeria Experience Centre sprawls across a staggering 4,500 hectares (approximately 11,120 acres) of prime real estate, nestled within the breathtaking confines of the Cabo de Gata natural park. The facility features a vast network of over 40 test tracks and an extensive constructed area exceeding 60,000 square meters (equivalent to 645,835 square feet), according to Michelin's Spanish division.
It's worth noting that ISE Energia, the driving force behind this green energy endeavor, operates as the self-consumption arm of the Spanish integrated solar energy giant, Grupo Gransolar. This initiative signifies a significant stride towards renewable energy adoption and sustainability for Michelin, emphasizing their dedication to a greener, more eco-conscious future.