Auto manufacturers are increasingly turning to renewable energy to cut costs and save energy. This week, we heard that solar panels on the Toyota manufacturing plant in the UK are planned to be installed, allowing Toyota to use solar energy to build cars.
Partnering with British Gas, Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK submitted a land use application seeking approval of a ground-mounted solar array that will include 17,000 solar panels. It will be sited on industrial land within the Toyota plant’s perimeter fence.
The solar installation will offset about 5% of the electricity demand of its plant in Burnaston. Perhaps more impressively, Toyota’s solar panels will prevent 45,000 tons of CO2 from going into the atmosphere over the life of the project.
Toyota Deputy Managing Director, Tony Walker, commented:
“Using solar power to supply electricity to the plant underlines our commitment to the UK’s low-carbon economy and our own ambitions to further reduce our carbon footprint.”
Toyota and British Gas will enter a solar power purchase agreement, whereby British Gas will install and own the solar panels, and will claim the feed-in tariff, and the clean solar electricity generated by the solar array will be purchased by Toyota at a rate lower than grid-based power.