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Nissan Plans Big Solar Farm To Power EV Factory in UK

Japanese carmaker said on Wednesday it has permission to build a 20MW solar farm at its plant in northeast England to generate power to build every electric Leaf car sold in Europe


A man walks by a company logo at Nissan Gallery in Yokohama, Japan on November 29, 2021. Photo: Androniki Christodoulou, Reuters.

 

Japanese carmaker Nissan said on Wednesday it has received planning permission to build a 20-megawatt solar farm at its plant in northeast England that should generate enough power to build every fully electric Leaf car sold in Europe.

Nissan said construction will begin immediately and be completed by May 2022. The new solar farm will double the amount of renewable electricity generated at Nissan’s Sunderland plant to 20% of its needs.

In July, Nissan said it would spend £1 billion ($1.33 billion) with its Chinese partner Envision AESC to build a battery plant that will power 100,000 vehicles a year, including a new crossover model.

And earlier this week, Nissan said it will spend 2 trillion yen ($17.64 billion) over five years to accelerate vehicle electrification to catch up with competitors in one of the fastest growth areas for car makers.

 

• Reuters with additional editing by Jim Pollard

 

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Jim Pollard

Jim Pollard is an Australian journalist based in Thailand since 1999. He worked for News Ltd papers in Sydney, Perth, London and Melbourne before travelling through SE Asia in the late 90s. He was a senior editor at The Nation for 17+ years and has a family in Bangkok.

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