Premium car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover is at the forefront of driving sustainability values and responsible use of resources in all areas of their business.
These considerations were critically important in the design and build of their new Engine Manufacturing Centre based at i54 South Staffordshire, Wolverhampton, West Midlands.
The new engine manufacturing centre has been designed to minimise energy demand and maximise efficiency from the ground up.
Jaguar Land Rover also had a strong desire to integrate the most cost-effective and efficient solar photovoltaic (PV) system into the envelope of the new factory building. This would not only provide renewable energy and cost savings but also deliver an attractive return on investment.
To meet Jaguar Land Rover’s requirements the project contractor had to deliver a large-scale rooftop solar PV system, built to the highest specification, under strict site conditions, during the winter period.
Kingspan Energy was chosen to lead the project from start to finish. Having already worked on some of the most prestigious large-scale solar PV projects in the UK, Kingspan Energy has extensive expertise in sustainable energy solutions and in-depth knowledge of the industrial and commercial roofing sector, offering an end-to-end service package, including the 25 Years combined roof & solar PV system guarantee.
The project set ambitious targets, starting from the size of the system at 5.8 MWp, covering a total area of 35,000 m2 of roof space, and a requirement to be completed in three months.
The timeframe coupled with the size of the system presented the biggest project challenges.
Jaguar Land Rover put a dedicated project team in place to support the project delivery, which enabled quick decision-making and efficient work flow.
Under the guidance of Kingspan Energy’s experienced project management team, the entire system was designed and installed in just 11 weeks, exceeding the ambitious three month schedule set by Jaguar Land Rover.
The 5.8 MWp system spreads across 35,000 m2 of roof space and is expected to generate 30% of the plant’s annual energy requirements.
This output, enough to power more than 1,600 homes, will be used on site to reduce the building’s primary energy consumption from the grid.
The system is also expected to save over 2,400 tonnes of CO2 every year, the equivalent of burning 1,225 tonnes of natural gas.
The installation includes more than 21,000 of 275 Wp polycrystalline PV modules, linked together by over 100 miles of electric cables.
This incredible achievement just shows that with the right combination of people, products, technology and design, combined with a holistic approach to sustainability, large scale renewable projects can form a strong business case.
All the electric power generated by the system is free to be used on site and will replace electricity that would otherwise have to be purchased from the grid. As future electricity prices are set to move solely in the rising direction, savings will only increase overtime.
The scale of the Jaguar Land Rover’s solar PV array is unprecedented – this is currently the largest rooftop solar PV installation in the UK.
Expected savings, in terms of lower energy rates and reduced energy consumption from the grid, coupled with the impressive cut in carbon dioxide emissions will distinguish the new Engine Manufacturing Centre as one of the most energy-efficient facilities in the country, powered by renewable energy.
The project sets a remarkable example of how manufacturing companies can embrace large-scale renewable solutions as part of their business strategy to not only enhance their sustainability credentials, but to generate significant savings for their business.
Building owner: Jaguar Land Rover
Location: i54 South Staffordshire,Wolverhampton, West Midlands
System size: 5.8 MWp Roof space
coverage: 35,000 m2
Project type: New Build
Completion date: March 2014
Installation time: 3 months
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