VALENCIA, Spain—Ford Motor Co.’s assembly plant here now gets a significant amount of its electricity from solar energy produced on site.
The solar power system, which was completed late last year, can produce enough electricity each year to power 1,400 average homes. The system’s current production of close to 4,641 megawatt-hours per year will increase this summer by 3,762 megawatt-hours per year, the equivalent of 1,100 additional average homes.
Eventually, Ford hopes to add enough solar panels to produce 10 megawatts of peak power by 2024.
“Now, more than ever, we all realize the need to use renewable energy sources,” said Stuart Southgate, director, Sustainable, Environmental and Safety Engineering, Ford of Europe. “As we move to an all-electric future and carbon neutrality across our manufacturing footprint at Ford, investments…like this new solar power plant in Valencia [will be] an important contribution in our ongoing ambition to help build a better world.”Since Jan. 1, 2022, all the electricity consumed by the plant comes from renewable sources. Ford has set a companywide goal of using 100 percent carbon-free electricity in all manufacturing globally by 2035.