Toyota, hailed as the top hybrid manufacturer, has more green footprints than just its tread marks from the Prius.
This month, Toyota, in partnership with the SunPower Corporation and GE Energy Financial Services, will begin operation of one of the largest, single-roof solar power installations in the country.
The system, installed in Ontario, Calif., stretches 242,000 square feet (the length of four football fields) of the roof of Toyota’s North America Parts Center California (NAPCC) and produces 2.3 megawatts of electricity, which will provide almost 60 percent of the facility's power. If the company wasn't using this system, it would produce 6.4 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions.
SunPower installed the system; GE Energy Finance footed the bill; and Toyota received RECs and protection from rising energy prices.
Toyota also installed a 53,000 square foot roof system on its headquarters building, located in Torrance, Calif., in 2003.