California, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Toyota and SunPower Corporation announced the completion of one of the largest single-roof solar power installations in North America. The 2.3-megawatt (MW) SunPower system will begin operation in early October at Toyota’s North America Parts Center California (NAPCC) in Ontario, California.
Toyota expects the solar installation will provide close to 60 percent of the total electricity needs for the 760,000-square foot NAPCC. The system covers more than 242,000 square feet of the NAPCC’s roof and includes 10,417 solar modules. SunPower installed SunPower T10 Solar Roof Tiles at the Toyota facility, equipped with SunPower solar panels. T10 Solar Roof Tiles are non-roof penetrating and tilt at a 10-degree angle to increase energy capture.
“The solar power generated by this system will reduce Toyota’s operational costs at the Ontario facility immediately and over the long term, as electric utility rates continue to increase,” said Tom Werner, CEO of SunPower. “Toyota understands that solar is affordable today as a means to improve the quality of our environment and promote local, clean, reliable power.”
Toyota will purchase the electricity generated from the system from GE Energy Financial Services under the SunPower Access power purchase agreement (PPA) program. GE will finance, own and operate solar power systems.