Toyota UK car plant will use solar energy
In addition to manufacturing a number of striking eco friendly cars like Prius and Highlander, Toyota has now geared up to power entire operations of its Derbyshire production plant in the U.K. with solar panels.
The Japanese automobile giant has announced that it is going to implement the ambitious project, which will cost more than $14 million to the company.
Toyota looks set to install a £10m solar array to power operations at its Derbyshire plant.
The company has already started work to fit around 17,000 panels on 90,000 square metres of industrial land – an area slightly smaller than four and a half football pitches – within the plant’s boundaries.
The array will be capable of supplying enough energy to build around 7,000 cars a year at the plant, which produces Auris hybrid, Auris and Avensis cars, as well as saving the company 2,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions a year.
Toyota project is expected to begin producing power in July 2011.
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