Toyota is hoping for a lot of sunny days when it officially moves into North Texas next year. The company announced today that its new headquarters in Plano, Texas will draw about 25 percent of its electricity from solar panels.
The automaker says it plans to install a 7.75-megawatt solar system on top of three parking garages at its new campus. It will start with two garage solar arrays which should be up and running by August 2017. It will add panels to a third garage by the end of 2017.
Toyota says the solar arrays will cut carbon dioxide emissions by 7,122 metric tons, or the equivalent of almost 1,000 homes electricity usage for a year.
“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.”
In late 2015, Toyota announced the 2050 Toyota Environmental Challenge, a set of environmental goals to reach beyond net zero, and create a net positive impact on the planet.
Right now, the $350 million campus located north of Dallas is nearly halfway done. It should be completed in the first half of 2017.
About 4,000 Toyota employees will work out of the new U.S. headquarters, some of them relocating from the automaker’s current North American headquarters in Southern California.