SEAT inaugurates the largest solar plant of the automotive industry

SEAT inaugurates the largest solar plant of the automotive industry

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/ The project SEAT al Sol has completed 100% of the installations in its facilities
/ The commissioning of the last two plants consolidates SEAT as one of the most
sustainable companies in its sector
/ The 53,000 solar panels distributed in its facilities will generate 15 million kWh per
year, equivalent to 25% of the energy required for the annual manufacture of the new

Martorell – The project SEAT al Sol is fully operational. After completing the
third and final set up phase, the Spanish brand has presented this morning the flagship
project of its environmental strategy in a ceremony chaired by the Spanish Minister of
Interior, Jorge Fernández Díaz, the SEAT Executive Committee Chairman, Jürgen Stackmann.
The event was also attended by the Vice-President for Production of the company, Dr.
Andreas Tostmann, and the Vice-President of Governmental and Institutional Relations for
SEAT and the Volkswagen Group in Spain, Ramón Paredes.

The project SEAT al Sol consolidates the Spanish company as one of the industrial
companies most sustainable and responsible regarding environment. The commissioning of
the last two plants of the project has added a total of 53,000 solar panels installed on the
roofings of the workshops and the provisional storage areas for vehicles. The 276,000
square metres of space occupied, equivalent to 40 football fields, have made the Martorell
plant to be the largest solar plant in the automotive industry worldwide.

“SEAT is a story of success and a story of commitment” highlighted Jorge Fernández, the
Spanish Minister of the Interior, when he reminded those present that SEAT was “a
pioneering, innovative and quality company.”


Jürgen Stackmann has stated that “SEAT Martorell celebrates its 20th anniversary and the
project SEAT al Sol is a clear example of the evolution of the factory which has also just
received the Lean Production Award for the quality and efficiency applied in its production
processes.” In this regard, he has highlighted the importance of the environmental
commitment of the brand in its business strategy: “SEAT is a responsible company and the
respect for the environment is one of our priorities. We have the largest solar plant on the
automotive industry, a fact that proves that our commitment is real.”


Zero CO2 emissions and twofold benefit
The project SEAT al Sol, which has been developed together with Gestamp Solar, provides
clean energy on a large scale in the same place of consumption (principle of distributed generation). The environmental savings achieved is of 7,000 tonnes of CO2 per year,
equivalent to 8.5 times the carbon dioxide absorbed annually by the Central Park in New
York. The facilities have nearly 11 MW of nominal power and 12 MW peak power generated
by 15 million kWh per year, 25% of the annual energy required to manufacture the new SEAT
Leon, with zero environmental impact.

The three phases of the project have been carried out by the installation on structures
already built, a system still under development in the industrial sector, which has prevented
additional occupation of the territory without affecting the manufacture production
processes. In addition, the solar panels installed on the storage areas generate clean energy
while protecting cars against adverse weather conditions. The works performed for the
project SEAT al Sol, which began in mid-2010, have entailed a total investment of 35 million

Environmental Commitment – ECOMOTIVE Factory
The project SEAT al Sol has become the flagship of SEAT’s environmental commitment.
However, the company has other emission reduction systems that reflect its high
responsibility to the environment. The facilities of the Martorell factory have two train lines of
40 Km to transport vehicles directly to the Port of Barcelona (Autometro) and components
from the premises of the Zona Franca of Barcelona (Cargometro). Both lines reduce truck
trips by 50,000 trips per year and prevent the emission of 2,000 tons of CO2.

Moreover, the cogeneration plant of the factory generates 50% of power and 90% of the
thermal energy it consumes, saving up to 12,800 tonnes of CO2 per year. In addition, thanks
to an agreement between SEAT and ACCIONA, 100% of power comes from renewable

The effort and ability of SEAT to establish and encourage high levels of environmental
protection were recognized with the ISO 50001 and ISO 14001 certificates. Also, the quality
and efficiency applied in production processes has made the Martorell factory to be in 2013
the first Spanish production centre to receive the Automotive Lean Production Award. With
these initiatives, the Spanish brand will contribute to the environmental commitment of the
Volkswagen Group, which aims to increase the level of sustainability of its factories by 25%
in 2018.