FlexiSolar to install UK’s largest solar carport system for Bentley Motors
FlexiSolar, the solar carport specialist based near Cambridge, has started construction of a large scale commercial carport at Bentley Motors’ manufacturing headquarters in Crewe, Cheshire.
In a six-month project due to complete in September, FlexiSolar will build what is set to become the UK’s largest solar carport system to date, with 10,000 solar panels with a capacity of 2.7MW.
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.
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.
Robert Carpenter, managing director of FlexiSolar, 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.”
Peter Bosch, Bentley’s board member for manufacturing, added: “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.”
The Bentley solar carport system has also been designed and manufactured by the FlexiSolar team, with the project funded by Guinness Asset Management under a power purchase agreement.