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. The panels will eventually cover a total area of 450,000 m2 (111 acres), offering an installed power capacity of 60 MW (the annual consumption of a town with a population of 15,000).
The project is part of Renault 2016 - Drive The Change, Renault’s strategic plan to reduce its carbon footprint by 10% by 2013 and by a further 10% between 2013 and 2016. By using renewable solar energy, Renault will cut CO2 emissions by 30,000 tonnes per year.
The start date for installation is mid-June 2011 and completion is scheduled for February 2012.