Car manufacturer Nissan will generate 11.35MW from renewables at its biggest manufacturing site in Europe after switching on a new 4.75MW solar farm. The 19,000 solar photovoltaic panels are alongside 10 wind turbines already installed at the plant in Sunderland which is the European centre of production for the all-electric Nissan Leaf and its batteries. The renewable energy will save around 3,000 tonnes of CO2 per year and equate to 7 per cent of the plant’s electricity requirements.
Utility Week 1st June 2016 read more »
In the face of repeated attempts by the UK government to suppress the nation’s solar industry in favour of fracking and nuclear, Jeremy Leggett tells the story of how the solar company he founded in 2000 has not just survived, but driven forward with technical innovation – including its new ‘Sunstation’ – an integrated ‘snap-on’ solar generation design that elegantly embeds into roofs.
Ecologist 1st June 2016 read more »