Honda has planned to cover 60% of the electricity used at its North American manufacturing plants with renewable energy. Honda will purchase 530,000 MWh per year from the Boiling Spring Wind Farm in Oklahoma and it will begin next fall. It will start receiving 482,000 MWh per year from a Texas solar facility in fall 2021. Honda has indicated that the recent deal is the largest single purchase of solar and wind power by any automaker. The renewable energy will help to fully offset the carbon-powered electricity used in its Ohio, Indiana, and Alabama auto manufacturing plants.
The electricity won’t be used at those plants, but it will add clean energy to the nation’s electricity grid. Honda is expecting to offset 800,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions annually. It is equivalent of 100,000 U.S households worth of CO2 emissions. The company isn’t stopping there and plans to electrify two-thirds of its vehicles by 2030 and to charge those vehicles with the renewable energy system. However, Honda is supposed to set an auto industry goal with this deal. It is because renewable energy agreements are becoming more common.
IKEA just announced that it plans to produce more energy than it consumes by 2020. Google has also planned to invest at least 2 billion U.S dollars in renewable energy infrastructure across the United States, South America, and Europe. Other automakers are finding more ways to support renewable energy. Rivian has planned to turn its used EV batteries into solar power storage systems in Puerto Rico. Renault powers an island in Portugal, and Nissan is testing ways to use its recycled EV batteries to power street lights. There’s much more to be done if we need to keep the planet from heating to disastrous levels. These major companies will supposedly help to push the auto industry and other corporations in the perfect direction.