GRI, a leading producer of specialty tires in Sri Lanka, has reinforced its commitment to sustainability and environmental protection by installing one of the largest rooftop solar systems in the country. With a capacity of 1,200kW (1.2MW), the solar panels are expected to generate 136,557kWh of electricity per month.
This green initiative spans across a roof area of approximately 90,000 square feet and is expected to generate a monthly revenue of approximately Rs 3,000,000 (approximately $16,700 US) once it is connected to the national electricity grid under the net plus scheme.
This environmental awareness system will help reduce more than 1,100 metric tons of carbon emissions per year, equivalent to more than 20,000 trees that could absorb CO2 annually. GRI has successfully taken measures to support the country’s initiative to source 100 percent renewable generated electricity by 2050.
In addition to the solar power system, GRI employs many other green initiatives such as a bio-mass boiler for steam generation, rain water harvesting, tree planting, natural lighting on factory sidewalls, etc. to constantly strive toward saving energy and protecting our environment for the next generation.
“This plant is a testament to the spirit and values embodied by all at GRI. GRI’s values of purposeful action, relentless drive, far-sighted approach coupled with a discovery mindset are evident in every aspect of this plant,” said Prabhash Subasinghe, managing director of GRI.
GRI selected SunPower Renewables (Pvt) Ltd to install this state-of-the-art solar power system. SunPower has been instrumental in introducing the Solar PV technology to Sri Lanka since 1987.