Renault races to install automotive sector’s largest solar array

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Carmaker Renault is rolling out photovoltaic panels over six of its French production sites that will add up to the largest solar array in the automotive sector.

The 400,000 m2 of solar panels spread over the company’s facilities in Douai, Maubeuge, Flins, Batilly, Sandouville and Cléon have a total capacity of 59 MW and will produce 52,600 MWh of electricity a year.

The panels, which have been installed with partners Gestamp Solar and Coruscant on delivery and shipping centers and employee parking areas, will reduce the company’s CO2 emissions from electric engine production by 200 tonnes annually.

Renault is also installing nearly 100,000 m2 of photovoltaic panels at its Valladolid and Palencia plants in conjunction with Cenit Solar, while it is also undertaking feasibility studies for arrays in Slovenia, Morocco, Brazil, Colombia, Chile and Romania.

A 300,000 m2 installation will also be put in place at the company’s Busan site in South Korea by December 2012.

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