BMW and Honda opt for on-site solar power

Carmakers BMW and Honda are fitting solar panels to their production facilities around the world.

Honda is fitting its own Soltec CIGS thin-film solar panels to all of dealerships in Japan, kicking off with a 9 kW system at the at the Adachi Odai branch of its Honda Cars Tokyo Chuo dealership.

Honda already has the largest combined solar capacity of any carmaker operating in Japan at 3.3 MW, but is now ramping up its programme to fit solar panels to over 100 dealerships adding a further 1 MW of capacity.

The Japanese carmaker is also planning to install a 2.6 MW solar power generation system at its new Yorii plant, which is due to become operational in 2013. The installation will be Japan’s largest solar power generation system at a car production plant.

Meanwhile, German carmaker BMW has completed its installation of 400 solar panels totalling 96 kW at its manufacturing heritage museum and visitor centre in South Carolina.

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