Jaguar Land Rover Building New Off-Grid Energy Projects to Generate 25%+ of Company’s UK Electricity Needs

March 5, 2024
This strategy supports JLR’s commitment to reducing its reliance on grid energy and increasing self-generated energy to 36.4% of its global consumption by 2030

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) announced it will begin constructing and installing onsite and near-site renewable energy projects to generate more than a quarter of its UK electricity needs.

These off-grid energy projects will collectively produce nearly 120 MW of renewable energy at their peak – equivalent to powering 44,500 homes annually.

“JLR is committed to managing its net zero energy transition against the challenging backdrop of volatile energy prices. We are working hard as a business to improve our energy efficiency across our entire global operations,” said Francois Dossa, JLR Strategy & Sustainability Executive Director.

To start, JLR’s primary focus will be on installing various solar designs to maximize the unique qualities of each individual site. The company’s first three projects will center on key manufacturing and non-production locations in the UK – the Halewood Plant in Merseyside, the Electric Propulsion Manufacturing Centre in Wolverhampton, and JLR’s headquarters in Gaydon.

JLR will utilize a mix of rooftop and ground-mounted panels and solar carports to power processes and EV charging. This initiative alone is projected to boost solar self-generated energy capability by 16%.

The Gaydon headquarters will receive an additional 18.2 MW ground-mounted solar array to accompany the roof-mounted solar array already onsite. Combined, these installations will provide the facility with nearly 40% of its energy needs.

The Electric Propulsion Manufacturing Centre will see its existing rooftop solar array expanded to generate 18.9 MW, thereby increasing the facility’s self-generated solar capacity by 145% - enough to cover 37% of the site’s total consumption.

Work is currently underway to complete these projects, and each of the three locations is expected to be completed by the end of 2026. This strategy supports JLR’s commitment to reducing its reliance on grid energy and increasing self-generated energy to 36.4% of its global consumption by 2030.

In 2023 alone, JLR successfully implemented 53 energy optimization projects across their facilities, reducing emissions by 26% compared to 2020. Together, these efficiency measures and renewable initiatives will help achieve JLR’s goal to cut carbon emissions across its operations by 46% by 2030.