Columbus-based powertrain maker Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) continues to make investments in solar energy to help power its manufacturing plants. The company says a 14-acre, 3.6-megawatt solar farm in Nash County, North Carolina is now operational.
The solar farm produces power sent directly to the Rocky Mount Engine Plant that manufactures mid-range diesel and natural gas engines.
The North Carolina site is the company’s second largest solar farm globally. Its largest solar array is atop of the Beijing Foton Cummins Engine Co. in Beijing, China.
The company says it has completed 51 solar arrays installations around the world with a majority being built since 2019.
Cummins says the investment is part of its sustainability initiative PLANET 2050, which is an attempt to be carbon neutral by mid-century.
“To get there, our efforts must touch our products, customers, facilities, employees and supply chain,” said Cummins President and Chief Executive Officer Jennifer Rumsey. “This project is a reflection of that, and our goal of reducing absolute greenhouse gas emissions from facilities and operations by half by 2030.”
Cummins says planning is underway to add 44 solar installations at company sites around the world, including 15 in the U.S.