Project Leader Bin Tang said the 3,600 kW (kilowatt) system installed on the roof of the plant is also expected to reduce BFCEC’s overall power costs by about 3 percent, saving about 800,000 RMB or roughly $121,000 annually.

“This is a great example where using renewable energy really makes sense as part of our overall energy strategy,” said Mark Dhennin, Director of Energy & Environment for Cummins.

“We’re reducing CO2, we’re reducing air pollution by reducing demand for electricity from coal-fired plants and we’re lowering our operating costs,” he added. “We want to use renewable forms of energy like solar to help us achieve our overall mission that everything we do leads to a cleaner, healthier, safer environment.”  

BFCEC is composed of two twin plants, the ISF and the ISG plants. ISF has been in operation for several years while the ISG opened in 2014 and has been ramping up production through 2015.

Solar panels will cover about two-thirds of the 90,000 square meter (970,000 square foot) ISF plant, which will receive about 4.2 million kWh (kilowatt hour) of power when the solar cells are fully operational. The ISF plant’s overall power consumption was around 19.5 million kWh in 2015, so about 19 percent of the plant’s power will no longer be pulled from the national grid.