After announcing its intent “to virtually eliminate CO2 emissions from its factories and vehicles, Toyota is about to flip the switch on a tangible example of this effort. Toyota’s Georgetown manufacturing plant will begin generating electricity from methane, a byproduct of trash decomposition at the nearby Central Kentucky Landfill on Nov. 23.
“We will generate one megawatt (1 million watts) per hour at the site,” said Toyota’s environmental strategies manager Dave Absher. “That’s enough annual energy generation to produce approximately 10,000 vehicles. The system can eventually be scaled up to 10 megawatts per hour.”