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Toyota's New Texas Headquarters to Get 25% of Power From Sun

Toyota will use solar panels at its Texas headquarters, which is currently under construction, in order to get 25% of its power from the sun.

The company claims that the 7.75MW system will be the largest office-site solar installation in Texas among non-utility firms.

The system installation is planned to be completed in phases.

Phase one will cover two parking structures, about 2.45MW per garage, and comes online by August 2017.

The final installation will be situated on a third parking structure. It is due for December 2017 and will generate around 2.83MW.

The solar array will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 7,122 tons, equal to the CO2 emissions from 1,000 homes' electricity use for a year.

Toyota is seeking US Green Building Council's Platinum LEED Certification for the new campus.

Toyota North American Environmental Division Regional Director Kevin Butt said: "We are dedicated to making sure our new headquarters campus supports - even redefines - Toyota's commitment to the environment.

"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."

This is not the first time that Toyota embraced solar power. In 2008, Toyota installed a 2.3MW solar power system at its North American parts center in Ontario, California.

The Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Alabama engine facility in Huntsville features two solar systems, while Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Mississippi (Blue Springs) has a single axis solar cell array.

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