BBC's Top Gear Test Track Has Gone Solar

Not sure how we missed this one in July, but the test track and studios for the BBC's Top Gear car show—the folks who have long made a point of bashing the Tesla Roadster and mocking the Nissan LEAF—is now home to a 2MW utility-scale solar array.

The developers behind the scheme, Lightsource Renewable Energy Ltd, claim that it is big enough to power the entire business park:

In total 8,500 ground-mounted solar panels have been installed at Dunsfold Aerodrome. This solar installation is set in a discreet location and positioned to make the most of the natural sunlight. The capacity of the system is 2 Megawatts (MW); sufficient energy to supply approximately 670 households. “Sustainability – and the green agenda – is the foundation on which we continue to build our business,” comments Jim McAllister, Chief Executive, Dunsfold Park Limited.

We'll just have to see whether Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson, whose anti-environmental populist right wing leanings pin him as the UK's answer to Glenn Beck, takes this as an opportunity to bash solar too.

BBC's Top Gear Test Track Has Gone Solar
The UK-based car show Top Gear is not known for its environmental leanings. Yet its test track and studio will now be 100% powered by the sun.

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