FedEx Goes Solar with SunPower

From hybrid electric delivery trucks to solar power, we are proud to lead our industry in committing to real, practical ways to reduce pollution, conserve fossil fuels, and contribute to a greener world.

– Mitch Jackson, Managing Director Corporate and International Environmental Programs, FedEx Express

In pursuing environmental benefits and energy savings, FedEx’s Oakland hub is now a bold example of the advantages of solar power for the environment and the bottom line.

The FedEx Express hub at Oakland International Airport clearly demonstrates the company’s firm commitment to the environment by operating a 904 kW solar array. The81,000-square-foot installation produces the majority of the facility’s peak energy load,reduces heating and cooling costs by insulating the roof, and extends roof life. Thanks to SunPower’s low-maintenance system, 10,800 tons of carbon dioxide emissions will be eliminated over the next 30 years—the equivalent of planting 3,000 acres of trees or removing 2,100 cars from the road.

Major Logistics Hub Works with SunPower to Meet Environmental Goals

The FedEx Express Oakland hub is a 350,000-square-foot facility that employs1,700 people to handle 85 flights and 260,000 packages a day. FedEx researched how to meet some of the facility’s energy requirements with renewable power,and concluded that SunPower PowerGuard® solar roof tiles were the best way to both lower electricity costs and improve the regional environment. “With this project, FedEx will deliver more environmental innovation to California,” said Mitch Jackson, the Managing Director for Corporate and International Environmental Programs.

Sustainability Reaps Significant and Long-Lasting Savings

The solar array provides 80% of the facility’s peak energy load, generating enough electricity to power over 900 homes. The system also covers 81,000 square feet of previously unutilized rooftop, protecting the roof from heat and UV rays as well as extending roof life. The PowerGuard tiles also provide thermal insulation for the roof,which reduces both heating and cooling costs.

Smart Power and Smart Design

FedEx elected to use PowerGuard solar roof tiles. Made of high-efficiency solar cells that generate up to 50% more electricity than conventional cells, PowerGuard tiles feature interlocking tongue-and-groove sides that both reduce installation times and provide resistance to wind without mechanical fasteners.

Project Overview

Location:    Oakland, California
Completed:    August 2005
Installation Type:    Commercial Roof
System Size:    904 kW
Covered Roof Area:    81,000 square feet
Number of Panels:    5,769
Products:    SunPower PowerGuard®

  • Generates 80% of peak energy load, enough to power over 900 homes
  • Carbon emissions tov drop by 10,800 tons over the next 30 years
  • Provides roof insulation and extends roof life
  • Increases energy independence and gives protection against utility rate increases