Xpeng Motors announced on Thursday that the distributed photovoltaic power generation project in its Zhaoqing factory has officially started to provide electricity for its operations. The EV maker makes full use of the idle space in the factory and has built a distributed photovoltaic energy system on the roofs and parking spaces of workshops. The system is able to convert solar energy into electric energy.
In the first of Xpeng Motors’ ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) reports released not long ago, the company made public its carbon neutrality plan in which it promised to actively promote energy conservation and emission reduction in the smart car industry chain. The newly operational distributed photovoltaic project is an important link in that goal to reduce emissions.
According to the company, the project’s installed capacity is 20,735 megawatts and is expected to generate an average of 21.33 million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually, an equivalent of more than 50,000 people’s annual electricity consumption. The project will also save 6,515 tons of coal and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 17,512 tons per year.
Thanks to its excellent geographical location, the Zhaoqing factory’s sunshine duration exceeds 1600 hours throughout the year which means has plenty of time to gather energy from the sun.
After the project is integrated into the grid, 30 percent of the electricity used for production at XPeng’s Zhaoqing site will be replaced by clean electricity, the company said.