Engine Manufacturing Centre, JLRUK – More than 21,000 photovoltaic panels, with a capacity of 5.8MW, have been fixed to the roof of the OEM’s new Engine Manufacturing Centre at i54 South Staffordshire, in what is claimed to be the largest array in the country.

The system will generate over 30% of the facility’s energy requirements and reduce its CO2 footprint by 2,400 tonnes per year. There are also plans to increase the capacity of the solar panels to 6.3MW by the end of the year.

The Engine Manufacturing Centre has been designed along sustainability principles and was recently awarded an ‘Excellent’ rating by BREEAM. It is the first plant JLR has built from the ground up and represents an investment of £500m. The facility will make Ingenium engines for use in future vehicles, starting with the Jaguar XE in 2015.

In addition to the solar panels, the plant features modern heating and lighting systems, plus extensive energy monitoring capabilities.