Nissan motors will be installing an additional 20 MW solar farm. The solar farms will be at its UK plant and the company’s next milestone is EV36Zero and its journey to carbon neutrality.
The permission for the plant has been granted. With the additional 20MW, renewable electricity will be generated double as of now. 20% of the generated power will be transmitted to Nissan’s Sunderland plant to build Nissan LEAF sold in Europe.
Work will start immediately and the farm’s development is expected to be over by May 2022. This is the first of a potential ten additional solar farms planned under Nissan EV36Zero, announced in July with an initial £1bn investment from Nissan and its partners in future electric vehicle manufacturing, a new Envision AESC gigafactory and Sunderland City Council’s renewable energy Microgrid.
The project also includes plans for 1MW battery storage to allow for excess energy generated during daylight hours. This will help balance demand on the grid and this battery storage will be using second-life Nissan EV batteries.
Nissan started incorporating renewable energies back in 2005. Wind turbines were first installed on site. 10 turbines contribute 6.6 MW of power, with the existing 4.75MW solar farm installed in 2016.
Under Ambition 2030, Nissan aims to become a truly sustainable company, driving towards a cleaner, safer, and more inclusive world. The vision supports Nissan’s goal to be carbon neutral across the life cycle of its products by the fiscal year 2050.