Bentley is building the UK’s largest ever solar-powered carport, and today the British automaker announced that the construction has begun at its factory headquarters in Crewe, UK. The project, which is due to be finished in September this year, is being handled by Cambridge-based FlexiSolar and a total of 10,000 solar panels will be installed with a total capacity of 2.7MW. The carport covered with the solar panels will have a capacity of approximately 1,378 car parking spaces. The place already features 20,815 solar panels installed on the rooftops generating 5MW, which was put into place in 2013.
“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,” said Peter Bosch, Bentley’s Member of the Board for Manufacturing. The initiative is aimed towards making the factory more sustainable and reducing Bentley’s environmental impact. The project is also backed by Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency driven to support the science and technology initiatives that will grow the UK economy. Managing Director of FlexiSolar, Robert Carpenter, said: “This large scale solar carport system is a clear example of an integrated energy solution and one that utilises an existing parking area without sacrificing valuable land resources.”