Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation (TMP) recently inaugurated a new 1-megawatt (MW) Solar Array at their manufacturing and assembly plant in Santa Rosa City, Laguna. The 1-MW Solar Array is one of TMP’s major initiatives to minimize its carbon footprint and reduce the effect of climate change, based on the global Toyota Environmental Challenge TEC 2050.

“This project has come a long way since its conceptualization in 2016, and it is such an opportune time that we get to cap our 30th Anniversary milestone with this very significant event. Likewise, I am proud to say that, so far, this renewable energy installation is the biggest among all car manufacturers in the Philippines,” said TMP president Satoru Suzuki.

The 1-MW Solar Array project is among the first batch of projects that qualifies under the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM) signed by both the Philippine and Japanese Goverment last year. The JCM is one of the Japanese government’s ways of addressing climate change by funding low-carbon technologies and systems in developing countries. Under the JCM, Japan will provide a subsidy to TMP, covering 30% of the total cost of equipment.

New 1-megawatt solar array now powers Toyota PH's Laguna plant

TMP also partnered with Spectrum, a Meralco subsidiary, which provided technical expertise and installation of the solar array on a 10,000-sqm area at the roof of TMP’s Material Handling Operations building. All-in-all, the 1-MW facility consists of 2,640 pieces of 385W photovoltaic (PV) panels and 22 units of 42kW Huawei inverters.

With the solar array supplying 4% of the company’s annual electricity requirements, TMP will be able to reduce CO2 emissions by 12 kg for every vehicle produced or around 790 tons of CO2 per year. It is also estimated to save the company around Php 10 million annually.

As TMP takes on the challenge of achieving zero CO2 emissions in plant operations under the TEC 2050, the company is also inspired by the spirit of Toyota’s “Start Your Impossible” global initiative.

“While attaining zero carbon footprint in business operations is a great challenge, which other people even consider impossible, we, at Toyota, will continue to challenge ourselves in making our impossible, possible. I believe that this is the only way for us to make a contribution towards a sustainable future,” added Suzuki.

TMP currently produces the Vios and the Innova at their plant in Santa Rosa, Laguna.