Solar Knowledge reports that a 500 kilowatt solar system installed on their (Ford’s) Michigan Assembly Plant has just started to go live.
When it’s fully live, the installation will provide power to the assembly lines and electric vehicle charging stations.
The installation also boasts a 750 kilowatt energy storage facility – the batteries being capable of retaining 2 million watt-hours of energy for future use.
If the trial is successful, then Ford plans to incorporate similar installations at it’s other plants.
This particular installation is quite fitting as the plant will be home to the production of an all electric Focus as well as two other hybrids.
A separate solar panel system will be tested, supplying the plants lighting.
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