Bentley has started construction of UK’s largest ever solar-powered car port at the company’s factory in Crewe, UK. The installation of 10,000 solar panels, which has a capacity of 2.7 MW, will take approximately six months to complete.
The solar car port installation, which covers 1,378 car parking spaces, and an area of 16,426 m², will be installed and operated by FlexiSolar, the solar car port specialist.
The project is also backed by Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency driven to support the science and technology initiatives that will benefit the UK economy.
The aforementioned new 10,000 solar panels will join the already installed 20,815 roof top panels on the Bentley factory (finished in 2013), and will take the Bentley’s energy system to 30,815 solar panels.
The system could cover 24 per cent of Bentley’s electrical energy requirements and reduce CO₂ by 3,300 tonnes per year.
Peter Bosch, Bentley’s Member of the Board for Manufacturing, said – “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.”
Bentley Motors said that they’re the first UK automotive manufacturer to be awarded the Carbon Trust Standards for carbon, water and waste, further reducing the environmental impact of its operations in Crewe.