Toray Plastics (America), Inc., last year completed the construction of a $2 million, 44-kW solar photovoltaic (PV) farm on its 70-acre campus in North Kingstown, R.I. The three-acre solar array is the largest in the state, consisting of 1650 PV panels, which will generate 625 megawatthr/yr. Toray is a leading processor of PET, PP, and biobased films for flexible and rigid packaging, lidding, and graphic, industrial, optical, and electronic applications.
Toray (toraytpa.com) launched a major sustainability initiative in 2004 that enabled the company to achieve its goal of producing zero landfill waste, among many other significant benefits, to improve its environmental profile. Funding for the solar farm was provided by Toray, along with grants from the Rhode Island Economic Development Corp.’s Renewable Energy fund, and state and federal grants made possible by the Federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.