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Renault's plan to cover the roof's of its auto plants in France  (Source: metaefficient.com)
Placing solar panels on plant roofs in six French cities will reduce carbon emissions by 30,000 tonnes annually

Many big names in the auto industry are cleaning up their act by introducing hybrid and electric vehicles which produce fewer carbon emissions. But building cleaner vehicles isn't the only green effort the industry can contribute. Renault announced today that it would partner with Gestamp Solar to build the largest solar energy project in the automotive business. 

Renault is a French automaker that has an alliance with Nissan, which makes it the third largest automaker in the world. It produces cars and vans, and has made tractors, trucks and buses in the past. 

This solar panel project is part of the Renault 2016 - Drive The Change plan, which aims to reduce carbon emissions by 10 percent by 2013 and an additional 10 percent between 2013 and 2016. To do this, Renault is partnering with Gestamp Solar, which is a multinational corporation specializing in renewable energy, steel and automotive assembly. The idea is to install solar panels at manufacturing plants throughout France. 

Together, Renault and Gestamp Solar will use solar panels to cover a total area of 450,000 m², which is equivalent to 63 football fields. The Renault factories receiving solar panels are those in Douai, Flins, Maubeuge, Batilly, Sandouville and Cléon. The areas covered by solar panels will be staff parking lots at Maubeuge and Cléon, and roofs of delivery and shipping centers at Douai, Maubeuge, Flins, Batilly and Sandouville.

The solar project will have an installed power capacity of 60 megawatts, which could power a town with a population of 15,000 annually. By switching to these solar panels, CO2 emissions will be cut by 30,000 tonnes per year. 

"Renault has implemented several actions to reduce consumption at its plants (e.g. the zero carbon plant in Tangiers)," said Renault's press release. "With the solar roof project, Renault is showing its concern to conserve resources by diversifying the energy mix used to generate electricity, and particularly by using renewable energy sources."

Renault and Gestamp Solar will begin the installation process in mid June and expect to complete the project by February 2012.



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RE: Sweet
By euler007 on 6/2/2011 8:57:40 AM , Rating: 2
Good luck finding a Renault dealership in North America.


RE: Sweet
By Dr of crap on 6/2/2011 12:45:50 PM , Rating: 2
Wouldn't buy even if the did sell them here.

Do you remember the Renaults from years past that sold here??
Pieces of crap!


RE: Sweet
By YashBudini on 6/2/2011 9:03:24 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Good luck finding a Renault dealership in North America.

I thought it was good luck not finding them.


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