Ford plans to equip its entire production base with renewable energy by 2035
By Sebastien Bell
January 17, 2023 at 8:40 p.m
By Sebastien Bell
Ford announced today that it has added 2.8 megawatts of solar panels at its plant in Valencia, Spain. The new panels will help power the station and produce enough electricity to power the equivalent of 1,400 average homes.
The automaker plans to add more panels in the near future, the latest step in Ford’s mission to make the manufacturing facility responsible for cars like the Kuga and the Transit Connect cleaner. In fact, in the coming months it will add another 2.2 megawatts of panels to the plant’s non-productive areas, enough to power another 1,100 homes.
By 2024, Ford hopes to install a total of 10 megawatts of solar panels at the plant. To do this, it will look for all the unused land in the Spanish facility and install panels on roofs and elsewhere.
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While the solar panels help Ford reduce its dependence on the national grid, its Valencia plant, along with all of Ford’s European plants, will run entirely on renewable energy from January 1, 2021.
“Now more than ever, we all recognize the need to use renewable energy sources,” said Stuart Southgate, Ford’s Director of Sustainable, Environmental and Safety Engineering Europe. “As we move towards an all-electric future at Ford and carbon neutrality in our manufacturing, investments in innovations like this new solar power plant in Valencia are creating new self-sustaining renewable energy, which is an important contribution to our ongoing ambition to help. building a better world.”
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Meanwhile, in the US, Ford is working with companies like DTE Energy for green electricity and hopes to power all of its plants in Michigan with renewable energy by 2025. Globally, the automaker plans to use only renewable energy to power its entire production base by 2035.