Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK Ltd.(Nissan Wind Farm)

10th January 2008

Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK is located in Washington, Tyne & Wear, in North East England, it's built on the former Usworth Airfield. The factory is adjacent to the UK Nissan Distribution Centre (NDS) and has a number of on-site suppliers.

Windbrokers delivered eight wind turbines to Nissan Motor Company. Six wind turbines Vestas V47/660 in 2005 and two Vestas V44/600 wind turbines in 2007.

The turbines generating  6% of the car plant's annual energy requirement. They will also cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants supplying the car factory by up to 14,000 tonnes/year.

Planning permission for the farm was granted by Sunderland City Council following a highly detailed feasibility study. This took into consideration the views and opinions of local residents, as well as ensuring that the farm fully complies with strict noise level guidelines.

2005: Nissan Senior Engineer, Graham Bagley, said: 'The farm is the first of its kind for any Nissan facility and is receiving great interest globally from within the Company.'

2007: Nissan engineer Mike Parkin said: "Our current turbines are performing well in terms of energy cost reduction, so it makes sense to increase the size of the farm. Also, we've had ISO 14001 accreditation since 1998 and the wind farm reflects our ongoing commitment to environmental management and the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions from our operation."