Jaguar Land Rover announced it has completed the installation of the UK’s largest rooftop solar panel array at its new Engine Manufacturing Center.
This new manufacturing plant is located at i54 South Staffordshire and the British company said the plant has been designed with sustainability embedded throughout and has recently been awarded BREEAM’s “Excellent” rating for the design stage of the assessment for sustainable buildings.
Per Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), more than 21,000 photovoltaic panels, with a capacity of 5.8MW, have been fixed to the roof of the Engine Manufacturing Centre, with plans to increase this to over 6.3 megawatt by the end of the year. It is estimated that the system will generate more than 30 percent of the Engine Manufacturing Center’s energy requirements. This is the equivalent to the energy needed to power more than 1,600 homes. The photovoltaic panels will reduce the plant’s CO2 footprint by over 2,400 tones per year.
“Our world-class facility showcases the latest sustainable technologies and innovations,” said Trevor Leeks, the Engine Manufacturing Center’s Operations Director. “The completion of the UK’s largest rooftop solar panel installation here at the Engine Manufacturing Centre is just one example of this. As the first manufacturer to win the ‘Responsible Business of the Year’ last year, environmental innovation lies at the heart of Jaguar Land Rover’s business.”
JLR added this Engine Manufacturing Center is the first new plant the company has built from the ground up. The site represents an investment of more than £500 million and will create almost 1400 new jobs by the time the plant reaches full capacity.
The plant will manufacture the Ingenium family of advanced technology engines, to be entirely designed and built in-house by Jaguar Land Rover. The Jaguar XE, debuting in 2015, will be the first vehicle equipped with these four-cylinder engines.
JLR explained the Engine Manufacturing Centre uses cutting-edge heating and lighting systems designed to minimize energy demand through the use of insulated cladding, to maximize daylight through the roof design and to harness natural ventilation through the use of automatic louvers.
Outside of the building, JLR explained it has plans to create an ecological corridor across the bottom of its site. The corridor will be designed to encourage the natural movement of species from one side of the site to the other. In addition, there are plans to install features such as boxes, habitat piles, dead wood stumps and insect houses to encourage small mammals, invertebrates, amphibians, bats and birds to the site.