Construction has begun on a 10,000-unit solar array to cover a parking lot at the Bentley production plant in Crewe, England. Once completed, the ‘solar-farm parking lot’ will deliver about one quarter of the plant’s entire energy needs with about 2.7 megawatts of power, reports automotive-lifestyles magazine Motor Authority. Including a 20,000-plus solar panel rooftop constructed in 2013, the facility will have more than 30,000 panels operating, or enough energy to power 1,750 homes. With backing from the United Kingdom’s innovation agency, Bentley expects the solar-car park to be completed in about six months. Once finished, the parking lot will accommodate nearly 1,400 cars. Bentley’s first electrified vehicle, the Bentayga Hybrid, provides 30 miles of electric-only range.
The Bentley parking lot in Crewe, England, will be covered with 10,000 solar panels. (PHOTO: BENTLEY)