Toyota’s 242,000 Square Feet Solar Power Array

September 24, 2008 / No Comments

Class, what is the biggest single-roof solar installation in North-America? “Toyota’s” everyone says out loud.

toyota california plant with solar roof Toyotas 242,000 Square Feet Solar Power Array

The Japanese from Toyota decided they need to be greener so they installed 242,000 sqf of solar panels above their North America Parts Center California (NAPCC) manufacturing plant. That’s a lot of roof that’s going to get the sun’s energy and make electricity out of it. Not sure if you’re familiar with the figures, but the 10,417 solar modules that SunPower installed, have a total capacity of 2.3 megawatts, will cover for 60% of the factory’s energy needs and is expected to avoid some 6.4 million pounds of CO2 emissions per year.

sunpower solar panels Toyotas 242,000 Square Feet Solar Power Array

I’m curious though. Who’ll wash the roof from now on, because to ensure maximum power it has to stay clean. And that thing is bigger than 4 football fields …

In their press release, Toyota said:

“NAPCC electricity costs per kilowatt-hour have increased 266 percent since 1992. Facility energy conservation efforts have reduced electricity usage by 28.5 percent during the past five years, but annual electricity use still remains over 5,788,000 kilowatt-hours.

The system was designed and built by SunPower, using its high-efficiency panels that deliver 50 percent more power per unit than conventional panels. A lightweight state-of-the-art SunPower mounting system further maximizes power delivery.”

They sure have a great deal here, but my concern is .. who’ll break that “record” in North America and who? Place your bets!

via TreeHugger