Sunshine and Savings: HBI Celebrates First Company-Owned Solar Power Project

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Aug 30, 2022 10:00 AM ET

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HanesBrands is making a difference with our largest direct investment in company-owned solar energy equipment at our sewing facility in Surin, Thailand. Our Surin plant will operate on 50% renewable solar power, beginning in September.

Kamalraj Ramadoss, plant manager, was inspired by our bold 2030 Sustainability Goals and a renewable energy incentive offered by the Thai government to help facilitate this project. The government incentive means the Surin solar panels will pay for themselves in less than three years, helping HanesBrands decrease dependency on fossil fuels and reduce our environmental impact.

“Our associates are incredibly proud to work in a facility powered by clean energy,” said Kamalraj. “We are happy to pioneer these efforts to save resources for the planet and our company.”

The project included more than 3,300 panels covering the roof of the main sewing facility and adjacent warehouse and was completed in two phases. The installation will save approximately $340,000 annually, furthering our ability to invest in sustainable solutions and cost transformation initiatives.

The Surin project is just one of the solar and renewable energy investments we’re making around the globe, including upcoming projects in Honduras and the Dominican Republic. We continue our commitment to making meaningful change, protecting our planet, improving the lives of our people and creating a more comfortable world for every body.

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