Bentley Motors have announced construction has begun on the UK's largest car port that will be powered by solar energy. The new port is being built at Bentley's headquarters in Crewe, which will feature 10,000 solar panels that will be able to generate up to 2.7MW of energy.
It is estimated that construction will take six months and once complete, the amount of solar panels Bentley uses will be raised to 30,815.
Peter Bosch, Member of the Board for Manufacturing stated: “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 solar car port will be operated by FlexiSolar and will take up 1,378 car parking spaces Innovation specialists, Innovate UK, are assisting with the completion of the project with hopes of supporting the scientific and technological initiatives that help develop the nation's economy.
This announcement of this solar project comes after Bentley Motors was recognised for decreasing their environmental impact, after becoming the first UK car manufacturer to be awarded for Carbon Trust Standards for carbon, water and other waste.