TUESDAY 07 JUNE, 2011 |
Toyota UK Installing 17,000 Solar Panels
Last week it was Renault, this week it's Toyota in the UK announcing plans to
harvest energy from the sun with a major solar panel array to help power its
The solar farm, to be constructed by British Gas New Energy, will cover 90,000m2 of industrial land
and be comprised of approximately 17,000 solar panels. The facility is expected
to generate 4,600,000 kWh of electricity a year and avoid 2,000 tonnes of carbon
dioxide emissions annually.
Enough electricity will be produced by the solar power generation plant to to
build approximately 7,000 cars a year at the Derbyshire factory.
The project is part of Toyota’s 'Sustainable Plant' initiative in which
manufacturing operations are "designed to work in harmony with their local
community and surrounding environment."
"Generating solar power on-site to supply electricity to the plant
underlines our commitment to do even more to further reduce our carbon footprint
and is yet another example of our environmental leadership," said Tony
Walker, Toyota Manufacturing UK Deputy Managing Director.
The Derbyshire plant isn't the first of Toyota's to join the solar power
revolution. A 2 megawatt photovoltaic generation system is already operational at the Tsutsumi Plant
in Aichi, Toyota City, that generates enough power to supply the electricity
needs of nearly 500 households. The array provides on average almost half of the plant’s 5000kWh daily electricity
Toyota UK joins a growing list of auto manufacturers turning to renewable energy
sources to generate clean electricity for their facilities.
announced last week
it was commencing construction of a massive 60MW network
of rooftop solar arrays for its manufacturing facilities in France, Ford
is building a solar farm to generate electricity at its hybrid
electric vehicle factory in Michigan and a solar panel array will be constructed
at the General
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