MINI plant bodyshop gets roof-mounted solar farm at Oxford

Mini plant at Oxford has turned to more than 11,500+ panels over an area of 5 football pitches to harness renewable energy to power itself. Spread over 20,000 square metres, the new bodyshop is now one of the biggest roof-mounted solar farms in UK.

MINI Plant Oxford solar roof

The fully commissioned photovoltaic system has a generating capacity over 3 MW by producing green energy for the plant. The installation generates electricity to power about 850 households.The solar farm is a perfect fitment for the plant bodyshop, which is designed keeping in mind environmental performance. The unit houses 1,000 robots and was opened in late 2013 to build the new MINI hatchback.

This apart, Mini’s bodyshop boasts of 3,869 individually programmable LED lights, energy-saving “rest mode” for robots, water harvesting system to supply the toilets, and heat wheels to control recirculation and admission of fresh air. Plant Oxford has also signed the ‘Low Carbon Oxford Charter’ to reduce Oxford’s carbon footprint by 30% by 2020.