20 December 2010
Toray Plastics (America), Inc., manufacturer of precision-performance polypropylene, polyester and bio-based films for packaging and industrial applications, today announced a plan to begin construction in the second quarter of 2011 on a $2 million 446 kilowatt (kW) solar photovoltaic (PV) field on its 70-acre (28.3 hectare) campus in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.
The new solar field will occupy approximately 3 acres (1.2 hectares) and consist of 1650 PV panels with utility-scale single-axis trackers. Toray estimates that the efficient clean-energy system will generate 625 megawatt hours (MWh) a year, help curb escalating energy costs and reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 340 tons per year.
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 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. Construction is expected to be completed by the third quarter of 2011 and will bring new jobs to Rhode Island.