When Toyota moves into its new North American headquarters next year, the automaker says it plans to “catch a ray,” as the Plano, Texas, campus will feature a large solar project.
According to the company, the approximately 7.75 MW system is expected to provide about 25% of the power needed for the new headquarters. Current plans call for the system to be completed in phases. Phase one will cover two parking structures – approximately 2.45 MW per garage – and will come online by August 2017. The final installation, located on a third parking structure, is slated for December 2017 and will produce about 2.83 MW.
“We are dedicated to making sure our new headquarters campus supports – even redefines – Toyota’s commitment to the environment,” states Toyota’s Kevin Butt. “The Plano solar system will not only reduce our environmental footprint and educate team members about renewable energy – it moves us closer to Toyota’s 2050 global environmental challenge to eliminate carbon emissions in all operations.”
The company says the new project will further position Toyota as a leader among auto companies in U.S. for installed solar power. Additional Toyota solar installations in the country include the following:
– The Toyota North American parts center in Ontario, Calif., features a 2.3 MW rooftop system that provided up to 58% of the electricity needed at the facility.
– Toyota’s South Campus headquarters building in Torrance, Calif. was one of the largest privately funded systems of its kind when it opened in 2003. The system covers 53,000 square feet of rooftop.
– Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Mississippi (Blue Springs) features a single-axis solar cell array, installed in 2013, that produces a maximum output of 50 kW. The power generated by the array is redirected back to New Albany Light, Gas & Water, the local utility company, and ultimately transferred back onto the grid for public use.
– The Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Alabama engine plant (in Huntsville) features two solar installations, a 16 kW system and a 5 kW system.
In addition, at the Lamar Buffalo Ranch in Yellowstone National Park, Toyota partnered on an innovative system that combines solar power generation with re-used Camry Hybrid battery packs, providing zero-emission power to a ranger station and education center.
The rendering of the new Toyota Plano headquarters with solar installations is courtesy of architectural firm Corgan.