Construction has started at Bentley Motors’ 2.7MW solar carport, which stands to be the country’s largest when complete.
Solar Power Portal revealed that the project had entered planning in November 2016, but the array is now materialising after the car manufacturer appointed specialist FlexiSolar to conduct the install.
The project is expected to take six months to complete, with FlexiSolar aiming to finalise the system in September this year. Around 10,000 panels are to be fitted to frames sheltering almost 1,400 car parking spaces at Bentley’s manufacturing headquarters near Crewe.
Guinness Asset Management – renowned funders of C&I solar projects in the UK – are financing the project under a power purchase agreement with Bentley Motors.
Peter Bosch, member of the board for manufacturing at Bentley, said: “We continue 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.
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