Toyota harvests solar energy to power UK engine production

  • Toyota UK switches on almost 13,000 solar panels to power the car manufacturer’s Deeside factory in North Wales.
  • The solar array, designed and installed by British Gas, can produce up to 3,475,000 kWh a year – enough electricity to build up to 22,500 engines.
  • Potential saving of more than 1,800 tonnes of CO2 emissions a year.

A large-scale embedded solar array has been switched on at Toyota UK’s engine production centre at Deeside in North Wales.

Almost 13,000 solar panels will provide up to 10 per cent. of all the electricity required for manufacturing at the site, which makes petrol and hybrid engines for Toyota Avensis and Auris models sold throughout Europe.

Toyota Deeside array

The solar array, commissioned as a multi-million-pound project delivered by British Gas, will significantly reduce the site’s carbon emissions. It took three months to install the panels, supplied by Tata Power Solar, which cover an area that’s the equivalent of almost eight football pitches.

The Toyota plant’s carbon emissions will fall by 1,800 tonnes a year.

Established in 1992 and backed by a total investment of £700 million, the Deeside factory employs around 570 people, producing petrol and hybrid petrol engines for the British market and for export to Toyota production centres worldwide.

Toyota’s Burnaston factory in Derbyshire also uses solar power. In 2011 one of Britain’s largest solar arrays was installed there.

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