3 MW Solar Array Powers BMW Factory

July 31, 2014 By Linda Hardesty

Evo Energy ManageBMW installed 11,500 260kw solar PV panels on top of the firm’s MINI production plant in Oxford, United Kingdom.

The 3 MW array, which covers 20,000 square meters, is supplying power to the recently opened body shop production line where more than 1,000 robots are in operation building new MINI hatchback cars. The installation includes 99 Aurora 27.6 model inverters.

EvoEnergy handled the installation, conducting site surveys drafting management and construction plans and ordering materials from third party suppliers. Work began in February and was completed before the end of May.

To ensure the roof wasn’t overloaded by too many panels, EvoEnergy opted for 24,000 aerodynamic solion frames, which interlock like building blocks underneath the PV, to provide the ballast-free solution that was needed.

The BMW plant was one of the first businesses to sign up to the Low Carbon Oxford Charter, which aims to reduce the city’s carbon footprint by 30 percent by 2020. The site’s solar array is its latest environmental addition after LED lights and water harvesting.

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