Renault goes solar at France plants

  • 02-Jun-2011 08:40 EDT

The solar panels at Renault plants will generate enough electricity to power a town of 15,000 people for a year.

In what it claims is the largest such installation in the automotive industry, Renault will build enough solar roof panels at its France assembly plants to provide a year's worth of electrical power for a town of 15,000 people. The panels will have a combined installed power capacity of 60 MW and will reduce emissions of CO2 by 30,000 t (33,000 ton) a year, according to the Paris-based automaker, which is working with Gestamp Solar on the project slated for February 2012 completion. The panels, covering 450,000 m² (4.8 million ft²), will be installed over roofs of the delivery and shipping centers at the Douai, Maubeuge, Flins, Batilly, and Sandouville sites, and over staff parking lots at Maubeuge and Cléon.

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