The Nissan plant in Sunderland, home of all-electric Leaf, added 19.000 solar panels to join with the 10 wind turbines, to produce a part of electricity the plant needs to built the cars on a sostainable level.
Nissan has switched on a new solar farm at its biggest manufacturing site in Europe, the latest landmark in the company’s journey towards Intelligent Mobility.
Made of up 19,000 photo-voltaic panels, the new 4.75MW facility is now fully operational at Nissan Sunderland Plant, as Nissan strives towards its twin goals of zero emissions and zero fatalities. The 19,000 solar panels join the 10 wind turbines, saving the equivalent of 3,000 tonnes CO2 and generating enough power to build more than 31,000 cars every year.
Nissan began integrating renewable energy sources in Sunderland in 2005 when the company installed its first wind turbines on site. These 10 wind 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 7% of the plant’s electricity requirements, enough to build the equivalent of 31,374 vehicles.
Its installation comes as Nissan celebrates its 30th anniversary of manufacturing in the UK, having become the biggest UK car plant of all time and now supporting nearly 40,000 jobs in Britain in vehicle design, engineering, production, parts distribution, sales and marketing, dealer network and supply chain.
And for those people likes to know all: the Nissan plant manufactured actually the Nissan Qashqai, Juke, Note, all-electric Leaf and the Infiniti Q30.