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Solar panels will cover roofs and some parking lots at Renault’s French plants

Renault is putting solar panels on several of its French car plants in a move aimed at lowering conventional power consumption and cutting CO2 emissions by 30,000 tons a year.

The French carmaker said it has begun a program to instal solar panels on the roofs of its plants in Douai, Maubeuge, Flins, Batilly, Sandouville and Cleon, France. When installed, the panels will have the capacity to produce 60 MW of electricity, which is about as much as a town of 15,000 consumes in a year.

Renault, which is installing the 450,000 square meters of solar panels with the help of Gestamp Solar, said the project is the biggest involving solar panels in the auto industry worldwide. Gestamp Solar is a Madrid based solar energy specialist.

In the Renault project, solar panels will cover the roofs of the delivery and shipping centers at the Douai, Maubeuge, Flins, Batilly and Sandouville sites, and the staff parking lots at Maubeuge and Cléon.

Installation will begin in the next two weeks and is scheduled to be completed in February next year.