Applied Materials Turns Unused Space into a Solar Energy Solution

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.”

– Mike Splinter, President & CEO, Applied Materials

Applied Materials completed two SunPower solar power systems totaling approximately 2 megawatts at Applied Materials' corporate facilities in Sunnyvale, Calif. At the time of system completion the systems represented 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 chief executive officer 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 977-kilowatt SunPower PowerGuard® installation and a SunPower® Tracker installation atop an elevated parking canopy that measures slightly more than 1 megawatt. 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, the most efficient panels available on the market today.

Project Overview

Location:    Sunnyvale, CA 
Completed:    November, 2007
Installation Type:    Rooftop
System Size:     1,993 kW
Products:    SunPower® PowerGuard 

Benefits
  • Expected to replace more than 2,700 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year; equivalent to the annual carbon emissions from approximately 450 passenger cars
  • Applied's investment is supported by the federal investment tax credit (ITC) that encourages deployment of renable energy systems across the U.S. 
  • Provides a reliable hedge against rising utility rates