Jaguar Land Rover has made the leap to a more environmentally sustainable production process by fitting the UK's largest rooftop solar panel system to its new Engine Manufacturing Centre in South Staffordshire.

The vast solar panelling system, which consists of a heady 21,000 individual photovoltaic boards, is estimated to produce more than 30 per cent of the facility's energy requirements. This is the equivalent to the energy needed to power more than 1,600 homes.

Based just a few miles away from Jaguar's main plant in Coventry, the Engine Manufacturing Centre is the first facility the British marque has built from the ground up and provides a vision of future sustainable manufacturing processes.

The high-tech Centre uses cutting-edge heating and lighting systems designed to minimise energy demand through the use of insulated cladding, to maximise daylight through the roof design and to harness natural ventilation through the use of automatic louvers.

Extensive energy monitoring facilities in the plant continually analyse the amount of energy being used and identify opportunities to reduce that energy consumption, for both electricity and natural gas.

Much like the beautiful Goodwood site inhabited by Rolls-Royce, Jaguar's plant features an 'ecological corridor' that's designed to encourage the natural movement of species from one side of the site to the other.

Trevor Leeks, the Engine Manufacturing Centre's Operations Director, said, "Our world-class facility showcases the latest sustainable technologies and innovations. The completion of the UK's largest rooftop solar panel installation here at the Engine Manufacturing Centre is just one example of this.

"As the first manufacturer to win the 'Responsible Business of the Year' last year, environmental innovation lies at the heart of Jaguar Land Rover's business."