SunPower to install 7.75-MW solar project at Toyota headquarters in Texas

SunPower Corp. (Nasdaq: SPWR) and Toyota announced June 14 that SunPower is designing and plans to construct a 7.75-MW solar power system at Toyota’s new North American headquarters in Plano, Texas, which the auto maker plans to occupy next year.

Expected to generate 25% of the headquarters’ total electricity demand, the system is anticipated to be the largest corporate office on-site solar installation among non-utility companies in Texas. The project will include three solar carport structures using high efficiency SunPower solar panels. Two of the carports will each have a 2.45-MW capacity, and are planned to be operational mid-year 2017. The third, 2.83-MW solar carport is expected to be delivering power by end-of-year 2017.

Toyota is integrating a range of energy efficient technologies and sustainable materials into the design of its state-of-the-art campus, with the intention of achieving USGBC Platinum LEED Certification for the facility.

“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, Toyota. “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.”

“Toyota products are valued for innovation and reliability, and the company clearly has a strong commitment to sustainability. These are features that also differentiate SunPower and our technology, resulting in a powerful synergy between our two organizations,” said Howard Wenger, SunPower president, business units.

SunPower solar power systems are currently operating a number of Toyota facilities in the U.S.:

  • In 2008, at the Toyota North American parts center in Ontario, Calif., SunPower installed a 2.3-MW system that produces more than 3.7 million kilowatt hours per year, providing up to 58% of the electricity needed at the facility.
  • Toyota’s South Campus headquarters building in Torrance, Calif. was one of the largest privately funded systems of its kind when it opened in 2003. Also built by SunPower, the system covers 53,000 square feet of rooftop.
  • Since 2009, a 1.5-MW SunPower solar system has been operating at Toyota’s facility in West Caldwell, New Jersey.

SunPower provides a diverse group of customers with complete solar solutions and services. Residential customers, businesses, governments, schools and utilities around the globe rely on SunPower’s more than 30 years of proven experience. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, SunPower has dedicated, customer-focused employees in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America.

Toyota is the world’s top automaker and creator of the Prius and the Mirai fuel cell vehicle. Over the past 50 years, it has built more than 30 million cars and trucks in North America, where it operates 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.).

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.