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Agilent's Santa Rosa campus is home to 1MW solar system

Posted: 10 Oct 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:solar system tracking? energy renewable? solar power?

Agilent Technologies Inc. and SunPower Corp. have dedicated a 1MW solar tracking system at Agilent's Santa Rosa, California campus.

The system features a three-acre parking lot canopy structure with nearly 3,500 SunPower solar panels that track the sun throughout the day, providing shade and solar electric power for Agilent's facility. The design of SunPower's tracking solar system will generate up to 25 percent more energy for Agilent than a similarly sized flat, rooftop system. As a result, Agilent's solar parking canopy is the largest solar energy generator in Sonoma County.

"Agilent's commitment to be a responsible corporate citizen includes taking steps to protect the environment," said Ron Nersesian, VP of Agilent's wireless business unit and general manager of the company's Santa Rosa facility. "We work continuously to reduce the environmental impact of our operations, suppliers, products and services, and this new solar power system is a great complement to our existing sustainability programs."

Agilent owns the renewable energy credits and all environmental attributes associated with the system. GE Energy Financial Services owns the system, which SunPower designed and built and is operating. Agilent will purchase the generated electricity from GE Energy Financial Services under the SunPower Access power purchase agreement program.

"Converting an underutilized asset such as a parking area into a distributed power plant is a great example of how forward-thinking companies like Agilent and GE Energy Financial Services are taking advantage of today's solar technology," said Tom Werner, CEO of SunPower. "The power purchase agreement provides Agilent with immediate savings and a long- term hedge against rising peak power prices."

Using SunPower solar panels, the highest-efficiency panels on the market today, the system is expected to displace more than 90 million pounds of carbon dioxide over the next 30 years. This is equivalent to the emissions from approximately 7,500 cars.

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