Solar energy in China.

Renewable energy
The BMW Group is a leader in the use of renewable energy in production and value creation

How is this goal realised in concrete terms?

January 2019. To counter the effects of climate change, we continue to reduce CO2 emissions from our production activities. The use of renewable energies is an essential part of this. We are therefore exploring options at each of our locations around the world and stepping up generation of renewable electricity at our sites.

A good example of this is the solar energy project at our Chinese joint venture, BMW Brilliance Automotive, where the BMW Group’s most powerful photovoltaic system to date came on stream at the Shenyang location in 2018. We will be implementing several carport installations with a total output of 15.1 MWp in two phases. The first phase, with 6.2 megawatt peak (MWp), is already up and running. The second, with 8.9 MWp, is still under construction. The main focus here will be on covering our staff parking lot with solar panels.

The project was realised after a six-month preliminary planning phase that explored cost-effectiveness, energy-saving potential and environmental aspects with an external energy provider. An important factor in successful implementation of the project will be Shenyang’s favourable climate for photovoltaics.

We will use power from these systems directly in our offices and production facilities. Any surplus will be fed into the municipal grid. In 2018, we were already able to use around 3,000 MWh of energy from our photovoltaic systems – meeting 55 percent of the location’s total energy needs. This avoided more than 2,300 tons of CO2 and saved us around 192,000 euros in energy costs.

The energy from the new photovoltaic installation also meant we obtained 79 percent of the power needed for production worldwide from renewable sources last year – bringing us closer to our goal of being a leader in the use of renewable energies.