The sun is now providing enough energy for more than 6 out of every 100 Nissans built at its Sunderland plant, following the switch-on of the company’s massive solar farm there.
The 19,000 photovoltaic panels generating 4.75MW of electricity work with 10 wind turbines to supply seven percent of the plant’s overall electricity supply.
With 476,589 cars built last year, including the popular Qashqai and the electric Leaf, solar energy is producing the equivalent of 6.5% of the factory’s total output.
Compared to more conventional power sources, Nissan’s alternative energy plan is saving 3000 tonnes of CO2 every year as part of Nissan’s ‘Intelligent Mobility’ vision.
Through its all-electric Leaf, Nissan is due to release a UK ‘vehicle-to-grid’ charging scheme that will allow owners to sell unwanted battery back to the electricity grid.