Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK will become the first UK automaker to build a large-scale solar panel array, as the local planning authority has approved the installation of the ground-mounted system.
The company has commenced the installation of their solar system at its assembly plant in Derbyshire. This facility is where the company builds its Auris, Avensis and Auris hybrid units for the UK and export markets.
Located within the facility on 90,000m2 of industrial land, the solar array consists of approximately 17,000 UK-manufactured panels, and is enough to cover approximately four and a half football pitches.
This project will reduce the facility’s carbon footprint, decrease its power bills as well as support energy security. Specifically, it will save approximately 2,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.
The company can also save approximately 4,600,000 kWh in energy. Once the system is fully operational, the plant will have adequate energy to produce around 7,000 cars annually.
The energy-saving panels, which British Gas will install and pay for, will cost at least £10 million. The solar panel array is expected to start providing electricity for the plant in July.
This project is a vital part of the company’s vision for ‘Sustainable Plant’ wherein manufacturing operations are designed to be harmonious with their surrounding environment and the local community.
The UK is just one of the five plants of Toyota around the world to be designated as Sustainable Plant with first-rate environmental credentials.