Jaguar, which is thought to have the largest roof-mounted solar array in the UK, is set to increase that capacity further as it plans to extend its existing array from 5.8 MW to 6.3 MW by close of 2014.
Jaguar Land Rover’s new Engine Manufacturing Centre in Staffordshire already boasts over 21,000 solar modules capable of generating around 30 per cent of the engine manufacturing centre’s annual energy requirements – the equivalent energy consumed by 1,600 homes.
Commenting on the installation, Trevor Leeks, operations director for the new engine manufacturing centre said: “Our world-class facility showcases the latest sustainable technologies and innovations. The completion of the UK’s largest rooftop solar panel installation here at the Engine Manufacturing Centre is just one example of this.”
The new centre also deploys cutting-edge heating and lighting systems that will help reduce the site’s energy consumption. In addition, JLR has committed to creating an ‘ecological corridor’ to help species move from side of the site to the other.
The new engine construction site represents an investment of more than £500 million for JLR, which predicts that it will create almost 1,400 jobs by the time the plant reaches full capacity.
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