Agilent To Save $3.5M Over 10 Years With Solar

by | Nov 20, 2009

solar angledA new set of solar arrays atop buildings at Agilent’s headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif., are projected to help save the company $3.5 million in energy costs over the first 10 years of operation.

The new 1 megawatt installation spans over three buildings, according to a press release.

This is Agilent’s second solar installation. The first was a 1 megawatt solar tracking system at its Santa Rosa, Calif., campus. The Santa Rose installation was expected to generate an estimated 1.8 million kilowatt-hours per year, offsetting more than 33 million pounds of carbon dioxide over its first 30 years.

Both installations were completed by SunPower Corp.

The latest system features solar roof tiles, which are beneficial in that they are non-penetrating, meaning they won’t cause leaks in the roof.

Because the roof tiles are angled at five degrees, SunPower said they are about twice as efficient as panels that lay flat on a roof.

Agilent projects that the Santa Clara solar installation will offset more than 50 million pounds of CO2 over a 30-year span.

In related news, as more and more companies add solar to their operations, rebates that once were plentiful are becoming more scarce.

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