March 2009 - Toyota and Sunpower, a manufacturer of high-efficiency solar panels, announced the completion of a 2.3-megawatt rooftop photovoltaic (PV) system that began operation in early October at Toyota’s North America Parts Center California (NAPCC) in Ontario, California, making it the largest single-roof PV installation in North America. The Sunpower system is expected to generate approximately 3.7 million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually, or nearly 60 percent of the total electricity needs of the facility.
GE Energy Financial Services will finance, own and operate the solar power system, providing Toyota with immediate savings and a long-term hedge against rising peak power prices. Toyota will retain ownership of the renewable energy certificates (RECs) associated with the system. The system is the second, large PV system installed on a U.S. Toyota facility; in 2003, a 501-kilowatt PV system was installed on Toyota’s South Campus headquarters building in Torrance, California.
News Release - Largest Single-Roof Solar Installation In North America To Power Toyota Parts Center
News Release - Toyota and SunPower Complete Largest Single-Roof Solar Installation in North America