Honda flipped on the switch on a new solar energy system at the American Honda Motor Co., Inc. campus in Torrance, Calif., one of the largest solar arrays on a commercial building in Southern California, and at 2.0 megawatts (MW) direct current, one of Honda’s largest on-site renewable energy installations anywhere in the world.
The new solar array expands Honda’s ongoing commitment to reduce its environmental footprint by developing and implementing renewable energy projects throughout its operations.
The new solar array features more than 6,000 panels and is expected to generate approximately 3,000-megawatt hours (MWh) annually.
It will offset roughly 30 percent of the purchased electricity for the entire American Honda Torrance campus.
Solar energy also will provide 100 percent of the electric vehicle charging energy in the parking lot to the south of the solar rooftop system.
A Honda-developed cloud-based energy management system can control electric vehicle charging to match solar generation at the 60 EV charging stations to maximize the amount of solar energy used to charge the vehicles.