Bentley Motors announced that construction has started on the UK’s largest ever solar-powered carport at Bentley’s factory headquarters in Crewe, UK.
The installation of 10,000 solar panels, which have a combined capacity of 2.7MW, will take approximately six months to complete. Once completed, the carport – which covers Bentley’s colleague carpark – will take Bentley’s energy system to 30,815 solar panels. This includes the 20,815-panel rooftop installation completed in 2013.
Commenting on the installation, Peter Bosch, Bentley’s Member of the Board for Manufacturing, 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.
“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.”
The solar carport installation, which covers 1378 car parking spaces and an area of 16,426 sq m, will be installed and operated by FlexiSolar, the innovative solar carport specialist.
The project is also backed by Innovate UK, the country’s innovation agency driven to support the science and technology initiatives that will grow the UK economy.
This solar installation announcement follows recent recognition that Bentley Motors has become 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.