Toyota selects SunPower for HQ PV systems in Texas

SunPower has won a contract to design and construct a 7.75MW PV solar system at Toyota's sprawling new North American headquarters in Plano near Dallas, which the Japanese automaker plans to occupy next year.

SunPower did not financial terms of the high-profile deal announced Tuesday public.

The planned facility will be the largest onsite non-utility corporate solar systems in Texas.

The project will be comprised of three solar carport structures using high efficiency SunPower solar panels. Two of the carports will each have 2.45MW capacity. They are due to be operational in mid-2017. The third, 2.83MW, will begin delivering power in fourth quarter next year.

The Japanese automakers anticipates that the system will provide 25% of the power required by the new campus. The company will move there from California.

SunPower claims its solar panels produce 4% more power from the same space in the first year of operation, which will allow Toyota to maximize electricity generated there.

The Plano solar array will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 7122 metric tons, or the electricity usage equivalent of almost 1,000 homes for a year.

Toyota in the US has several other PV facilities. The largest is a 2.3MW system at its North American parts center in Ontario, California. The others are 50kW and below in capacity.

Toyota ranks third in the US in auto/light truck sales behind General Motors and Ford.