BMW is cutting its carbon footprint by increasing use of self-generated renewable power. The EvoEnergy provided solution was to install one of the largest roof mounted solar farms in the UK. The 3MW array consists of 11,500 roof-mounted panels. It is expected to deliver 1,500 tCO2 saving per annum, generating enough clean, green energy to power 850 homes. The system supplies power to the recently opened body shop production line which includes the use of more than 1,000 robots to build the new MINI hatchbacks.
The site’s solar array is its latest environmental addition after LED lights and water harvesting, and was launched during the inaugural ‘Low Carbon Oxford Week’. BMW plant was one of the first businesses to sign up to the city’s aim to reduce its carbon footprint by 30% by 2020.