Athletic Footwear Company Completes Largest Commercial Solar System in Mississippi
ASICS America Goes Solar
ASICS America is a subsidiary of ASICS Corp., the Japanese corporation founded in 1949 that produces footwear, sportswear and sports equipment worldwide. ASICS stands for “Anima Sana In Corpore Sano,” the Latin phrase
meaning a sound mind in a sound body. They partnered with EnterSolar to install a 1,000 kW system atop their distribution center in Byhalia, MS. The project is the largest commercial solar system in the state.
Solar Photovoltaic System Specifications
The project is made up of 2,990 individual modules and is expected to produce an estimated 1,334,000 kWh of clean energy for the distribution center a year. It is a non-exporting system, which means that all of the energy produced is consumed on-site using reverse power relays. The system was designed so that the production matches the on-site load to maximize the usage of clean energy.
The system’s environmental benefits are equivalent to saving 85,544 gallons of gasoline or planting 719 acres of U.S. forests a year. The solar energy produced will allow ASICS to avoid over 1,668,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions a year. These environmental benefits align with their larger sustainability goal of a 5% reduction of carbon emissions from their direct operations by 2020.
Significant Financial Returns
ASICS benefited from the 30% Federal Tax Credit, which provides a dollar-for-dollar reduction in income taxes for the company. ASICS and EnterSolar worked with the local jurisdiction and utility to install a system in Mississippi,
where very little solar has been built. EnterSolar’s expertise in optimizing system design, combined with the available federal incentives, yielded ASICS a rapid payback period and an attractive long-term internal rate of return.