DuPont Apollo’s Shenzhen, China PV module manufacturing facility has laid claim to being the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certified for Existing Buildings, Operations and Maintenance (EB, O&M) thin-film PV site in the world. The LEED certification was granted by the US Green Building Council (USGBC), which pointed to several of the company’s environmentally friendly designs as a basis for their certification.
“We believe that DuPont Apollo thin-film solar modules should come from a facility designed with environmental responsibility in mind,” said David Chu, chief executive officer of DuPont Apollo. “We are very pleased to know that our efforts to maximize energy efficiencies in the daily operation of our production facility were recognized by USGBC, and we hope this is one of a number of actions by DuPont Apollo that sets an important example for other businesses. Thinking globally and acting locally to affect positive environmental change helps create a healthier working environment for our employees and the larger community, and becomes a principle that is key to continued, sustainable growth and to reducing dependence on fossil fuels.”
The Shenzhen facility’s top claim to the LEED certification lies on its rooftop with its 1.3MW amorphous silicon PV module installation. The modules, manufactured by the plant itself, produce around 1.5 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year to offset the facility’s daily operational energy needs.
Other environmentally sound practices the plant has introduced include an upgraded HVAC system, water saving features, a sustainable buying plan that sources materials and supplies locally and an EnergyStar solid waste management system. DuPont Apollo additionally offers its employees an arranged transportation system for their daily commuting requirements and promotes facility wide recycling.