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Toyota Parts Center Taps Sun for Power

solar_panels.jpgToyota announced that the solar system it is installing on the roof of its North America Parts Center California will be operational in early October.

The company is touting the 242,000-square foot solar installation as the the largest single-roof solar power installation in North America, which includes about 10,400 solar modules. It is expected to generate 3.7 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually and provide nearly 60 percent of the total electricity requirements for the 760,000-square foot NAPCC.

The system, which was designed and built by SunPower, will also avoid carbon dioxide emissions of about 6.4 million pounds annually, equivalent to the annual CO2 emissions from energy use of 255 homes.

General Motors is adding what it claims is the world’s largest rooftop solar power installation to its car assembly plant in Figueruelas, Zaragoza, Spain.

The company has promised two more hybrid models, which will mark the company’s venture into Lithium-Ion technology.

In June, Toyota announced it has developed a new fuel cell hybrid powered by hydrogen and electricity that can travel more than twice the distance of its predecessor model without filling up.

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