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Toyota Greens up Production in UK with 17,000 Solar Panels

Toyota has already begun to make room for an impressive 17,000 panel solar array on 90,000 square meters (~985, 751 square feet) of industrial land at their plant in Derbyshire, England. And, now that they've received the official nod of approval for the £ 10m (~$16,450,785) project from local authorities, they're moving full force ahead.

Toyota boasts it will be the first automaker in the UK to install such an extensive solar-panel array. It is expected to supply enough power to produce 7,000 cars per year, as well as reduce annual carbon emissions by a whopping 2,000 tons... impressive at first glance, yes. But, just imagine how they'll look when added up over the course of a few years.

As you might have guessed, Toyota's solar initiative in Derbyshire, isn't its first. The auto manufacturer has; in fact, introduced similar efforts in other countries as well...all part of the company's larger, more holistic effort to lighten its carbon footprint. The company responsible for fitting and installing the 17,000 panels before the British government's proposed cuts to feed-in tariffs for large arrays, is British Gas.

Assuming British Gas (the company responsible for the projects fitting and installation) can get all of the solar panels in place, before the government's proposed cuts to feed-in tariffs for large arrays, the panels will begin supplying power to Toyota's Derbyshire plant this July.

Interested in reading more about Toyota's green efforts? Stay tuned. Motorcars Toyota in Cleveland Heights, OH is dedicated to keeping you informed.


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