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New solar array to power Dana's Toledo operation

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Energy Global,

The Greater Toledo Community Foundation and numerous partners have kicked off the development of a solar array, located in Toledo's Overland Industrial Park, that will generate clean, renewable electricity for the 300 000 ft2 axle assembly operation of Dana Incorporated, while investing hundreds of thousands of dollars annually into the neighbouring community.

Once operational, the solar array – consisting of the very latest power-generation technologies – will provide renewable energy that will be purchased by Dana for its Toledo Driveline facility, also located in the industrial park in Ohio, United States.

The Greater Toledo Community Foundation has created a non-profit entity that will own the solar field in conjunction with the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority. As the non-profit generates a revenue stream through the sale of electricity to Dana, proceeds will be reinvested in the surrounding areas through grants to local non-profits.

The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority provided the land within the Overland Industrial Park for the solar array, with industry leaders donating the infrastructure.

This project represents both advanced technology and unique community participation and is a showcase for American-made products. The array, powered by First Solar's American-grown thin film module technology, will generate enough power to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide by more than 3000 tons – which is the equivalent of removing 465 cars from the roadways every year. The high-performance, eco-efficient modules have a lower carbon footprint than conventional solar panels manufactured using conventional, energy-intensive processes.

The solar arrays are expected to be fully operational by Spring 2020.

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