A 10MW rooftop PV installation at a factory owned by carmaker Hyundai and claimed as South Korea’s largest such PV plant to date has become operational, Korean news agency Yonhap has reported.
The power plant was announced in May this year and is located at the company’s factory in Asan, South Chungcheong Province, just under 60 miles away from Seoul, the nation’s capital. It was built by Hyundai and Korea Midland Power, a thermal power firm.
Built utilising 40,000 solar panels, it will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by about 5,600 tonnes a year, providing enough electricity to power 3,200 households annually. Electricity generated will be sold to Korea Electric Power Corporation.
When the plant was originally announced earlier in the year the company stated that 100% of the installation would go on existing rooftops and would therefore require no extra land to be procured or cause environmental damage in its construction.
In a press release in May, Hyundai stated: “The choice of the Asan plant is appropriate, as Asan manufactures the eco-friendly Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, as well as Sonata and Grandeur (known as Azera in some markets).”