At the site of the company’s German and European headquarters in Leverkusen, the largest photovoltaic system to date on the Leverkusen municipal territory was commissioned in May. Installed on the 14,000-square-meter roof of the former parts warehouse, the system consists of around 2,400 solar modules and has a peak output of 1.0 megawatts, producing around 900,000 kWh of environmentally friendly solar power per year. This is equivalent to the average annual consumption of 300 to 400 households.
The degree of autonomy – that is, the proportion of electricity from the PV system used by Mazda itself – is 50 percent, or 500,000 kWh per year. Excess solar power is fed into the public power grid. The planned installation of a battery storage system will further increase the degree of autonomy in the future. In this regard, Mazda plans to use vehicle batteries from pre-production electric and PHEV vehicles that may not be sold.
Mazda has also implemented a comprehensive energy-saving concept that resulted in a 29 percent reduction in natural gas consumption and a 5.5 percent reduction in electricity consumption – with a 50 percent increase in charging power consumption – in the last heating period (September 2022 to April 2023) compared to the same period last year. Paper consumption was also reduced by around 40 percent.