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Andrew welcomes Cowley Mini Plant’s New Solar Farm

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Andrew Smith MP today welcomed the switch-on of a roof solar panel farm the size of five football pitches at Oxford's MINI plant.

Andrew said: "It is a massive boost for renewable energy that one of the world's most successful car manufacturers is making this investment in greener energy here in Oxford to power its world-class car making."

"It is good that MINI's realisation of its green ambitions comes in the same week that Oxford celebrates all things sustainable", Andrew continued. "Supported by the City Council, I'm very pleased that our first-ever Low Carbon Oxford Week is proving to be an enormous success, with over seventy events giving the environment centre-stage."

Anneliese Dodds MEP said, "BMW has been leading the way in employment relations - transferring many of its Oxford workers onto permanent contracts - and it's great to see that it's now leading the way for the environment. Following this deep recession, Britain has to focus on green growth, so I'm pleased to see that Oxford will be a part of this new sustainable economy."

More than 11,500 panels, covering an area the size of five football pitches, will generate enough green energy to power 850 homes.

The iconic home of car making is using the latest cutting-edge technologies to build the new MINI hatchbacks. In addition to making use of 1,000 robots, the body-shop opened last year now has a roof-mounted solar farm to lower the plant's and Oxford's carbon footprint.

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