Nokain Tires saves money with solar power at Dayton plant

In the first half of 2022, Nokian Tires claims to have saved the energy equivalent of one million miles traveled or two million pounds of coal by using solar power at its North American production facility. Nokian Tires’ three-megawatt solar panels fully power the administration building at its Dayton, Tennessee, campus and power part of the production, which is reaching full capacity. In the first half of 2022, this solar energy helped the Dayton plant maintain the equivalent of:

  • 1,074,469 miles traveled by an average passenger vehicle
  • 2,024,350 pounds of coal, or
  • 55,313 gallons of gasoline

The solar panels have produced more than five million kilowatt hours of power since monitoring began in 2021, an average of 10,300 kilowatt hours per day. This equates to savings equivalent to more than 11,000 pounds of coal per day, according to the company.

Nokian claims that the Dayton plant is the only tire production plant in the world to have achieved LEED v4 Silver certification. The administration building on the production campus achieved LEED v4 Gold certification last year. The latter is powered entirely by energy generated by on-site solar panels and has employee amenities such as a sauna, gym and canteen.