Toyota is building its new North American headquarters in Plano, Texas and aims to operate the new headquarter completely by renewable energy. SunPower has signed to design and construct a 7.75MW solar power system at Toyota’s Texas headquarter, which is expected to offset 25% of the headquarters’ total electricity demand.
SunPower will supply its high-efficiency solar panels for the solar system which is to be comprised of three solar carports. Two of the carports will respectively have a 2.45MW capacity and are planned to be operational by mid-2017, and the third one will be a 2.83MW capacity solar carport that is scheduled to be online by late-2017. The 7.75MW solar project is expected to collectively reduce 7,122 metric tons of CO2 emission annually.
SunPower is currently operating multiple solar projects for Toyota in the U.S., including a 2.3MW project at the Toyota North American parts center in Ontario, California, a 53,000 square foot rooftop project at Toyota's South Campus headquarters building in Torrance, California, and a 1.5MW solar system at Toyota's facility in West Caldwell, New Jersey. The 7.75MW project will further position Toyota as the leader among auto companies in U.S. for installed solar power.
When being completed, the solar system will be the largest corporate office on-site solar installation among non-utility companies in the state of Texas.
To reach the goal of 100% renewable powered, Toyota will integrate a range of energy efficient technologies and sustainable materials into the design of its state-of-the-art campus, with the intention of achieving USGBC Platinum LEED Certification for the facility.
MP2 Energy will provide power service for Toyota through a five-year PPA and will supply Toyota with renewable energy from other sources.