The 20,000 panel installation is capable of generating 5MW, which amounts to 40% of Bentley’s energy requirements and reduces its CO2usage by 2000 tonnes per year.

The installation, which will be owned and operated by Lightsource Renewable Energy, spans of 3.45 hectares of roof space.

It will generate enough energy to power over 1,200 households and is three times more powerful than the current largest roof-mounted system in the UK.

Bentley’s member of the board for manufacturing Michael Straughan said: “Unlikely as it may seem, our 1940s plant in Crewe is ideally situated to generate solar power as the “saw tooth” factory roofs are south facing at an angle of 20 degrees.

“The panels will reduce our energy costs and help ensure that our manufacturing operations in Crewe are efficient, sustainable and globally competitive.”

Conor McGlone

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