8.5 MW Solar installation for SEAT´s car factory
SEAT’s factory in Martorell has been chosen by the Spanish Automaker (part of the Volkswagen Group) as the location for one of its most ambitious environmental conservation projects, where the installation of solar panels will make it possible to generate clean electrical energy. This move is the last in a trend of companies realizing that solar power may be both environmental and economically sound.
By installing 8.5 MW of solar photovoltaic panels, the system will generate 11.2 GWh of electricity annually by the end of this year.
The solar panels will be in place on the roof of SEAT’s corporate building in Martorell (Catalonia, Spain) next March, as well as on the support structure of one of the finished vehicle parking lots. All the clean energy created will get redirected towards the power mains for distribution. With the new systems in place, the company will be able to satisfy the plant´s huge demand of energy (1.3 million Kw/h).
In order to take full advantage of one of Spain’s greatest resource, the Sun, and the high number of sunlight hours in the area of Martorell and its surroundings, the next step will be to completely cover two further distribution areas with a total surface area of more than 66,000 m2 and the roofs of assembly buildings 8, 9, 10 and 11, which will add an additional 139,000 m2.
This phase will total more than 206,000 m2 of solar panels to produce solar energy.