Anneliese Dodds MEP

The South East's Voice in Europe

MINI Plant's New Solar Power Investment

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Anneliese today welcomed BMW's announcement that Oxford's MINI plant is putting green growth at the centre of its business operations the South East.

The switch-on of one of the largest solar panel farms in southern England will generate enough renewable energy to power 850 homes.

Anneliese 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."

Oxford East MP Andrew Smith said: "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."

Oxford's iconic home of car making is using state-of-the-art technologies to manufacture the new MINI hatchback range. Installing 11,500 panels on the roof of the new bodyshop, where 1,000 robots work, will further lower the plant's carbon footprint, and in so doing, help to reduce Oxford's, too.

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