KION Completes 1MW Solar Energy
May 29, 2018
North America celebrated the completion of their new 1.0-megawatt solar
energy system at an open house event. The system will harness the power
of the sun to power it's Summerville manufacturing facility while also
generating revenue for the company.
“Sustainability is a clear trend in the material handling industry – we
experience this with each new day in the shape of greater customer
interest in electric forklift trucks,” said Daniel Schlegel, vice
president of operations at KION North America. “Now, we are in the
position here in North America to offset our production line energy
usage by creating energy through renewable resources.”
Installed by Alder Energy, the system will offset around 80 percent of
the annual energy consumption of all operations at KION North America.
It will also offset the equivalent of 2.08 million pounds of CO2
emissions and generate enough energy to power 133 homes.
the forefront of supporting clean energy transportation solutions for
material handling, KION North America and their approach to sustainable
manufacturing is a shining example of our combined commitment to
renewable energy in our state,” said Danny Kassis, SCE&G Vice President
of Customer Relations and Renewables.
KION North America is a member of the KION Group—a manufacturer of
industrial trucks and the largest producer of electric forklifts in the
world. They are the first within the KION Group to invest in this type
of renewable energy.
“KION’s commitment to sustainable business practices in Dorchester
County is something for our community to be proud of,” said Jay Byars,
Dorchester County Council Chairman. “Their continued investment proves
that Dorchester County is the best place to build and grow a business
and raise a family. We applaud the completion of their new solar energy
system and look forward to continued success for this company and its
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