Toyota HQ to feature solar power
Toyota has already made a name for itself as a leader in hybrid technology, and now the automaker is taking the green lead with its new North American headquarters in Plano, Texas.
Toyota announced this week that its new Plano HQ will feature a 7.75-megawatt solar power system, making it the largest in the state among non-utility companies. The solar system is a key pillar in earning a USGBC Platinum LEED Certification for the Plano campus.
Toyota plans to complete the solar power project in two phases. The first phase will see solar panels installed on top of two parking structures on the Plano campus. Those grids should be up and running by August 2017. A third parking structure will get the same solar panel treatment shortly thereafter and is scheduled to come online in December 2017.
“We are dedicated to making sure our new headquarters campus supports – even redefines – Toyota’s commitment to the environment,” said Kevin Butt, Regional Director, North American Environmental Division. “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.”
According to Toyota, the solar installation will provide about 25 percent of the electricity needed to run the headquarters campus. That should reduce the facility’s carbon dioxide emissions by 7,122 metric tons, or the equivalent of the electricity used by 1,000 homes in a year.