Boulogne-Billancourt, France – Renault is launching the world’s largest solar energy project in the automotive sector. The project will install solar roof panels at the company’s French plants, including Douai, Maubeuge, Flins, Batilly, Sandouville and Cléon.

The panels will eventually cover a total area of 450,000 square metres, offering an installed power capacity of 60 MW, the annual consumption of a town of 15,000 people. By using this renewable solar energy, Renault said it will cut its CO2 emissions by 30,000 tonnes per year.

The roof is being installed in partnership with Gestamp Solar, which took over the project started by Eiffage. It is part of the automaker’s Renault 2016-Drive the Change plan, which will see the company reduce its carbon footprint by ten per cent by 2013 and by a further ten per cent between 2013 and 2016.

Depending on the site, the solar panels will cover the roofs of the delivery and shipping centres, or the staff parking lots. The project will begin in mid-June and is scheduled for completion in February 2012.

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