Orange County Business Journal

Mazda Taps Mitsubishi for Solar Panels at Irvine R&D Center

Kari Hamanaka Monday, March 31, 2014
Jim O'Sullivan, president and chief executive at Mazda North American Operations, and Katsuya Takamiya, president and chief executive at Mitsubishi Electric U.S. Inc.

Jim O'Sullivan, president and chief executive at Mazda North American Operations, and Katsuya Takamiya, president and chief executive at Mitsubishi Electric U.S. Inc.

Irvine-based Mazda North American Operations' research-and-development facility recently added solar panels to its rooftop in a move that brought two big names in Orange County together.

The electric system is from Cypress-based Mitsubishi Electric U.S. Inc. and is estimated to bring a 50% reduction to the building’s electricity costs.

Mazda's R&D Center is located on Reynolds Avenue in a facility separate from the company's Irvine Spectrum headquarters.