Industrial, Solar - August 12, 2020
Toyota plans three new on-site solar projects
Toyota announced Aug. 11 that they are installing a total of 4.95 MW of solar panels across their plants in Alabama, Missouri and West Virginia in a move that is expected to offset 6,480,000 kWh of energy and 4,304 metric tons of CO2 emissions annually.
The automobile manufacturer is investing $9.3 million into the 10.8 acres of new solar arrays.
"Toyota continuously looks for new ways to reduce water usage, recycle materials and conserve energy, and we are proud to add solar panels to our line-up of best practices," Kevin Bell, TMNA Energy Manager, said in a statement. "We are committed to setting an example of sustainability to show how a company can significantly reduce the environmental impact of its operations."
In Alabama, the Huntsville engine plant will receive a 1.6 MW solar system across 3.3 acres that is expected to reduce emissions 1,732 metric tons annually. In Troy, Mo., the unit plant will receive a 1.5-acre system that will generate 0.75 MW of solar energy and reduce emissions by 750 metric tons annually. Lastly, the engine and transmission plant in Buffalo, W. Va., will receive a 2.6 MW solar installation across 6 acres, the largest in the state. The Buffalo plant expects to save 1,822 metric tons of CO2 annually because of the project.
The three projects are expected to be completed in December 2020, January 2021 and March 2021, respectively. This move supports Toyota’s target to eliminate all emissions from their manufacturing by 2050.
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