Industrial, Solar, Sourcing Renewables - April 10, 2023
Toyota’s Alabama Plant to Be Powered by Solar
Over 70% of Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Alabama’s power will be generated by solar energy once its solar facility begins operating in the summer of 2024.
Huntsville Utilities, Toyota Alabama and Toyota Tsusho America, Inc. (TAI) announced a power purchase agreement (PPA) to support a 168-acre, $49 million solar project. The 30-megawatt, solar-generated system will be located in the North Huntsville Industrial Park surrounding the Toyota engine plant. It is expected to generate 62,000 MWh annually or reduce approximately 22,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions per year.
The project is another step toward accomplishing the automaker’s goal of achieving carbon neutrality in its operations by 2035.
“Toyota is taking a transparent, science-based approach to address climate change,” said Jason Puckett, president of Toyota Alabama, in a statement. “By relying on the sun to power our operations, we will reduce our carbon footprint and create a model of environmental stewardship in North Alabama.”
TAI’s Energy Infrastructure Solutions team led the project’s development and will manage the construction, scheduled to begin this spring. The Toyota Alabama plant supplies engines for popular Toyota vehicles such as the Tundra, Corolla Cross and Sienna.