Bentley installs ‘UK’s largest’ rooftop solar system

Car manufacturer Bentley is upping its green credentials and installing what it claims is the largest roof mounted solar system in the UK. The 5MW project will include 20,000 solar […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Car manufacturer Bentley is upping its green credentials and installing what it claims is the largest roof mounted solar system in the UK.

The 5MW project will include 20,000 solar panels and cover 2.45 hectares of roof space at Bentley Motor’s factory in Crewe (pictured). It is expected to generate up to 40% of Bentley’s energy requirements at peak times – enough to power more than 1,200 UK homes – and cut carbon emissions by more than 2,500 tonnes.

Michael Straughan, Bentley’s Member of the Board for Manufacturing said: “Unlikely as it may seem, our 1940s plant in Crewe is ideally situated to generate solar power as the ‘saw tooth’ factory roofs are south facing at an angle of 20 degrees. The panels will reduce our energy costs and help ensure that our manufacturing operations in Crewe are efficient, sustainable and globally competitive.”

The installation will be owned and operated by UK solar firm Lightsource Renewable Energy Limited.