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.

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  • Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility vision takes major step forward with solar power added to Nissan’s UK Plant, home of the all-electric Nissan LEAF
  • 19,000 solar panels join 10 wind turbines, saving the equivalent of 3,000 tonnes CO2 and generating enough power to build more than 31,000 cars every year
  • Sunderland Plant celebrating 30th anniversary in 2016

Sunderland (UK) June 1st, 2016: 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 solar farm has been installed alongside 10 wind turbines already generating clean power for Nissan in Sunderland, the European centre of production for the all-electric Nissan LEAF and its batteries.

Colin Lawther, Nissan’s Senior Vice President for Manufacturing, Purchasing and Supply Chain Management in Europe, said: “Renewable energy is fundamental to Nissan’s vision for Intelligent Mobility.

“We have built over 50,000 Nissan LEAFs in Europe, and the industry-leading new 250km-range LEAF is now available. With 10 wind turbines already generating energy for our Sunderland plant, this new solar farm will further reduce the environmental impact of Nissan vehicles during their entire lifecycle.”

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.

The solar farm has been developed and installed within the loop of Nissan’s vehicle test track in Sunderland by partner company European Energy Photovoltaics, with 100% of the electricity generated to be used by Nissan.

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.

Pursuing a goal of zero emission vehicles and zero fatalities on the road, Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility vision is designed to guide Nissan’s product and technology pipeline, anchoring critical company decisions around how cars are powered, how cars are driven, and how cars integrate into society.

Breakthrough initiatives recently announced concerning electric vehicles and next generation battery technology include:

  • A future generation of electric vehicle batteries for the UK battery plant.
  • A major vehicle-to-grid trial in the UK in partnership with energy provider Enel that will see Nissan electric vehicles supplying the UK’s National Grid with an efficient and flexible source of energy. A trial of 100 vehicle-to-grid units will commence in the UK later this year. It will enable Nissan electric vehicle owners to give energy from their vehicle’s battery back to the UK grid, providing a cost effective, sustainable and reliable source of power, while helping consumers save and make money.
  • A revolutionary new residential energy storage system called xStorage developed alongside Eaton, the global leaders in power management. The system will not only give Nissan electric vehicle batteries a ‘second life’, but will also provide customers with a fully integrated energy storage solution that will put energy management and distribution back in the hands of the consumer.
  • Confirmation that Nissan will integrate V2G technology and energy storage solutions into all of its major European offices by the end of 2017.