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Applied clinches largest solar deployment title

Posted: 23 Sep 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Applied Materials and SunPower Corp. have completed two SunPower solar power systems totaling 2.1MW at Applied Materials' corporate facilities in Sunnyvale, California. The systems represent the largest solar power deployment at a corporate facility in the United States.

"This is another exciting milestone in the adoption of solar power in California," said Mike Splinter, president and CEO of Applied Materials. "More companies are realizing the wisdom of integrating solar as a non-intrusive, clean, silent form of energy generation into our businesses and communities. We've converted our parking lots to power plants and we encourage others to join us in making solar power a meaningful part of the energy supply."

The system includes a 950kW SunPower PowerGuard installation and a 1.2MW SunPower Tracker installation atop an elevated parking canopy. The SunPower Tracker follows the sun as it moves across the sky, increasing sunlight capture by up to 25 percent over conventional fixed-tilt systems. Both systems use SunPower solar panels. SunPower uses Applied Materials' Baccini technology in its solar cell manufacturing process.

Since the first phase of installation in November 2007, Applied reports that its solar installation has generated 1,413MW hours of power. The system is expected to replace more than 2,700 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year, which is equivalent to the annual carbon emissions from approximately 450 passenger cars.

"Applied Materials has joined the ranks of the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Air Force in recognizing the value of solar as a mechanism for reducing exposure to volatile electric rates and promoting energy independence through the use of clean, renewable solar power," said Tom Werner, CEO of SunPower.





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