Nissan UK will be saving the equivalent of 3,000 tons of CO2 thanks to 19,000 solar panels joining 10 wind turbines.

The all-electric Leaf among other models is assembled by Nissan UK at the factory in Sunderland which employs more than 6,700 people and this year it’s celebrating its 30th anniversary. The assembly plant is now considerably greener than before as Nissan has switched on a huge solar farm made up from no less than 19,000 photo-voltaic panels. The 4.75MW solar farm is now entirely operational and these panels have joined the existing 10 wind turbines generating 6.6MW of clean power.

Thanks to 19,000 solar panels and 10 wind turbines providing a combined 11.35MW of power, Nissan UK will be able to save the equivalent of 3,000 tons of CO2. The power generated is going to be enough for putting together 31,374 cars each year at the Sunderland factory which is currently Nissan’s biggest manufacturing site in Europe.

These renewable energy sources at the Sunderland factory provide seven percent of the entire electricity requirements to run the operations. Nissan mentions its partner European Energy Photovoltaics was in charge of developing and installing the solar farm within the test track located at the production site.

The Sunderland factory is actually the biggest car assembly plant in U.K. and it’s the place where Nissan also makes the Note supermini, the Juke and Qashqai crossovers, along with Infiniti’s Q30 and QX30 premium duo.

Source: Nissan

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