In a six-month project due to complete in September 2018, FlexiSolar will construct what is set to become the UK’s largest solar carport system to date. The bespoke solar structures will shelter approximately 1,378 car parking spaces at the Bentley manufacturing facility.
Bentley Motors creates handcrafted luxury cars at its factory in Crewe. The prominent manufacturing site already demonstrates a strong commitment to solar as an onsite generation technology, having installed a 5MW solar rooftop installation in 2013.
Speaking about the first of a kind large scale construction in the UK, Chairman of FlexiSolar, Robert Carpenter said:
“We are delighted to confirm details behind the large scale solar carport at Bentley’s manufacturing facility in Crewe. 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.”
Commenting on the installation, Peter Bosch, Bentley’s Member of the Board for Manufacturing, said:
“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.
This solar installation is another example of how we can make our factory more sustainable by using technological innovation. This helps us produce extraordinary cars with responsibly-sourced materials in an efficient manner, while continually striving to reduce the company’s environmental impact.”
FlexiSolar’s solar carport structures are uniquely designed to best fit the requirements and scope of each site. In Crewe, FlexiSolar’s V-Frame Double Row Mono Pitch solar carport design will appear across twenty-seven parking rows. The carport system could cover 24 percent of Bentley’s electrical energy requirements and reduce CO2 by 3,300 tonnes per year.
The new solar carport system at Bentley has also been designed and manufactured by the FlexiSolar team, with the project funded by Guinness Asset Management under a power purchase agreement.
FlexiSolar is backed by Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency driven to support the science and technology innovations that will grow the UK economy.