Jaguar Land Rover has completed the installation of what is believed to be the largest rooftop solar array in the UK.
The 5.8MW project at its new Engine Manufacturing Facility in South Staffordshire boasts over 21,000 solar panels, with plans to increase this to over 6.3MW by the end of the year.
It is estimated the system will generate more than 30% of the site’s energy needs – equivalent to the electricity consumed by around 1,600 homes – and also reduce the facility’s carbon footprint by over 2,400 tonnes every year.
The £500 million project is expected to create almost 1,400 new jobs by the time the plant reaches full capacity.
The new facility has achieved a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating through a range of efficiency measures, including heating and lighting systems designed to minimise energy demand, insulated cladding, maximising daylight through the roof design and harnessing natural ventilation.
Trevor Leeks, Operations Director at the Engine Manufacturing Centre said: “Our world-class facility showcases the latest sustainable technologies and innovations. The completion of the UK’s largest rooftop solar panel installation here at the Engine Manufacturing Centre is just one example of this.”