cogeneration project to produce vegetables for local non-profit organizations:

Canada: Toyota Motors to début in Ontario greenhouse industry

After the first commercial greenhouses in Japan, Toyota Motors seems to establish now it's first connections with the North American greenhouse industry. According to a news release on The Windsor Star, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc. announced to spend $27 million at its Cambridge assembly plant to help the automaker cut energy costs and reduce demand on the local and provincial power grids. Toyota announced plans to add a community service component to the development. A greenhouse will be constructed, which will tap the heat produced by the cogeneration project to produce vegetables for local non-profit organizations. “This is a natural extension of the Giving Garden initiative our team members started several years ago” said Krinock. “Now we’ll be able to support them on a year-round basis.”

When completed in 2015, the Combined Heat and Power project will benefit the environment and community, as well as generate competitive cost savings for Toyota, the automaker said. About one-third of the automaker’s energy use will be off the grid, according to Pete Leonard, facility’s manager at Toyota’s Cambridge and Woodstock plants.

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