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Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility ethos flicks the switch on new solar farm.


Nissan’s biggest manufacturing site in Sunderland, UK, has activated its new solar farm infrastructure to power the production of the LEAF electric vehicle and batteries in addition to 10 wind turbines already in use.

A total of 19,000 panels make up the  4.75megawatts solar farm, powering the now fully operational facility which is the central production location for LEAFs in Europe. The wind turbines were installed in 2005 as part of the Japanese company’s vision for zero emission, intelligent mobility, generating 6.6megawatts of power.

The combined 11.35megawatts accounts for 7% of the production facility’s electricity demands, which Nissan says equates to the build of over 31,000 vehicles. The solar infrastructure was built by partner company European Energy Photovoltaics, and coincides with Nissan’s 30th year of vehicle manufacture in the UK.