NISSAN has switched on a new solar farm at its factory in Sunderland.
Made of up 19,000 photo-voltaic panels, the facility is now fully operational, as Nissan strives towards its twin goals of zero emissions and zero fatalities.
The solar farm has been installed alongside 10 wind turbines already generating clean power for Nissan in Sunderland, the European centre of production for the all-electric Nissan Leaf and its batteries.
Colin Lawther, Nissan’s senior vice president for manufacturing, purchasing and supply chain management in Europe, said: ‘Renewable energy is fundamental to Nissan’s vision for Intelligent Mobility.
‘We have built over 50,000 Nissan LEAFs in Europe, and the industry-leading new 250km-range LEAF is now available. With 10 wind turbines already generating energy for our Sunderland plant, this new solar farm will further reduce the environmental impact of Nissan vehicles during their lifecycle.’
Nissan began integrating renewable energy sources in Sunderland in 2005 when the company installed its first wind turbines on site. These 10 turbines contribute 6.6MW power, with the 4.75MW solar farm bringing the total output of renewables to 11.35MW in Sunderland.
This equates to seven per cent of the plant’s electricity requirements, enough to build 31,374 vehicles.
The solar farm has been developed and installed within the loop of Nissan’s vehicle test track by European Energy Photovoltaics. All the electricity generated will be used by Nissan.
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