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Toray Plastics Adding $2-million Solar Field

Toray Plastics Inc. will begin construction in 2011 on a $2 million 446kW solar photovoltaic field on its 70-acre campus in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, and the company estimates that the efficient clean-energy system will generate 625 megawatt hours a year, and reduce CO2 emissions by 340 tons per year, according to a company statement.

The new solar field will occupy approximately three acres, and consist of 1,650 PV panels with utility-scale single-access trackers.

The manufacturer produces synthetic fibers and textiles, carbon fibers, plastics, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and high performance films.

Toray launched a sustainability initiative in 2004, and they estimate saving 29 million gallons of water, 8.5 million KWh of electricity, and 10.1 billion BTUs annually. Operational innovations have also contributed to zero landfill waste while recycling program saves 285 tons of wood, 152 tons of metal, 59 tons of cardboard, and 46 tons of paper, bottles, and cans annually.

Funding for the solar field will come from Toray, grants and loans from the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation’s Renewable Energy fund, and state and federal grants made possible by the Federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Construction is expected to be completed by Q3 2011, the company said.

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