Carmaker begins work on giant solar carport

Luxury carmaker Bentley Motors has begun construction on what will be the UK‘s largest solar carport at its factory headquarters in Crewe, Cheshire.

The 2.7 MW rooftop system will feature 10,000 PV panels spread across 1378 parking spaces in the firm’s 16,400-square-metre colleague car park.

The company said the project will take around six months to complete. Once completed, it will boost the site’s energy system to 30,815 PV panels, including a 20,815-panel rooftop installation which came online in 2013.

Solar carport firm FlexiSolar will install the system, which has received backing from the UK’s innovation agency Innovate UK.

Bentley’s headquarters in Crewe is home to all of its operations including design, R&D, engineering and production of its four model lines. à‚ 

Peter Bosch, Bentley’s Member of the Board for Manufacturing, said the firm continues to “focus on new initiatives that reinforce our commitment to the environment, whether this is introducing alternative powertrain technologies in future models, or our award-winning work to reduce the environmental impact of our factory.

“This solar installation is another example of how we can make our factory more sustainable by using technological innovation. This helps us produce extraordinary cars with responsibly-sourced materials in an efficient manner, while continually striving to reduce the company’s environmental impact.”

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