SunPower, headquartered in Silicon Valley, has installed an 8.79 MW solar system spanning four parking garages at Toyota’s new 100-acre headquarters in Plano, Texas. It is one of the largest commercial on-site solar installations in the state.
The solar installation is part of Toyota's Environmental Challenge 2050, which the company hopes will eliminate carbon emissions in its operations.
SunPower installed over 20,000 of its high-efficiency E-Series solar panels, allowing Toyota to meet approximately 33 percent of its on-site energy needs with solar.
In addition, the installation helped Toyota reach its LEED® Platinum goal. The company also designed its campus for sustainability, focusing on energy planning for emissions reduction, sustainable landscaping and repurposed rain water for water conservation, and recycling.
"At Toyota, we demonstrate our commitment to sustainability, our culture of respect, and continuous improvement in everything that we do, whether its designing a new car or our new campus," said Doug Beebe, general manager of Toyota's real estate and facilities/corporate security and fire services for North America. "Thanks in part to SunPower and their products and capabilities, Toyota's headquarters campus achieved LEED Platinum certification – something that we know our team and community are proud of."
"Toyota's new campus serves as a model for corporate sustainability and an inspiration for others looking to reduce their own carbon emissions and environmental footprints," said Nam Nguyen, SunPower executive vice president.
This is Toyota’s fourth solar project completed with SunPower..