Renewable energy strategy applauded at Toray inauguration ceremony.
Plastics (America), Inc.,(www.TorayFilms.com),
has completed the construction of a $2 million, 445 kilowatt (kW) solar
photovoltaic (PV) farm on its 70-acre campus in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. The new, three-acre solar farm is the largest
in the state, consists of 1,650 PV panels, and will generate 625 megawatt hours
(MW h) a year, curbing escalating energy costs and reducing carbon dioxide
emissions by 340 tons per year.
September 29, Rick Schloesser, President and CEO, Toray Plastics, hosted the
inauguration ceremony and officially launched the highly efficient
renewable-energy system. In attendance to celebrate the achievement were
Lincoln D. Chafee, Governor of Rhode Island; M. Teresa Paiva Weed, Senate
President; Laurence W. Erhardt, Representative, District 32, North Kingstown;
Keith Stokes, Executive Director, Rhode Island Economic Development
Corporation; David M. Dooley, President, the University of Rhode Island; Mr.
Toru Fukasawa, Chief Representative of Toray Americas, and Toray employees.
Chafee congratulated Toray on its environmental consciousness, its role as a
“great corporate citizen,” and its commitment to manufacturing in Rhode Island and for
creating good jobs for state residents. Chafee also said he would like to see
the kind of growth in manufacturing and renewable-energy applications that
Toray has achieved spread across the state. He concluded his remarks by
stating, “We’re proud to have you here and keep up the good work.” Toray
Plastics (America), Inc., is the only United States manufacturer of
precision-performance polypropylene, polyester, and bio-based films for
packaging and industrial applications and one of Rhode Island’s premier
said that it was an exciting day for Toray as the company began harnessing the
power of the sun. “This farm has been a dream of Toray Plastics America, and a
personal one of mine, for the past three years. Its completion is a tribute to
how government and business can come together to work toward a mutual
goal.” Schloesser told the guests that
Toray 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. He also noted that
Toray’s clean-energy project came to fruition as a result of the vision,
talent, and dedication of Toray employees.
for the solar farm was provided by Toray, grants from the Rhode Island Economic
Development Corporation’s Renewable Energy fund, and state and federal grants
made possible by the Federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
conservation is fundamental to the well-being of Toray’s business. By choosing
solar energy as part of its energy strategy, the company further strengthens
its position in the marketplace, enhances its relationship with the community,
and reduces its carbon footprint.