Toyota could claim to be one of the greenest large car makers, after all it introduced the first commercial hybrid, the Prius, in 1997. Now it’s moving forward, developing what might be the greenest, cleanest car headquarters in the U.S. at its new headquarters in Plano, Texas.
The new facility seeks LEED Platinum status and will include a 7.8 megawatt solar array that will provide about 25 percent of its electric generation needs. Toyota said it will be: “the largest corporate office on-site solar installation among non-utility companies in the state of Texas.”
The company will install the solar panels in phases. The first phase of nearly 5 megawatts will consist of two parking structure canopies and will come online by August 2017. The second, 2.8 megawatt array, will be built on a third parking structure and will 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.”
Toyota already has other solar arrays in the U.S., including a 2.3 megawatt array it installed in 2008 at its parts center in Ontario, CA, which provides up to 58 percent of the electricity used at the facility. It also has solar power at other facilities in the U.S.
Toyota isn’t the only auto company in the U.S. to have solar on its buildings. Ford, for instance, installed the largest solar array in Michigan at its headquarters, a 1 megawatt carport installed in 2014 and 2015. It’s also buying 3 megawatts of solar power from a plant in Mexico. Likewise General Motors planned to install at least 60 megawatts of solar power worldwide by the end of 2015.Tweet