Solar

AT&T Planning 1-MW Solar System

AT&T Inc. announced that it is working with SunPower Corporation, CH2M Hill, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and Morgan Stanley to install and operate a 1-megawatt solar power system on AT&T’s facility at the Bishop Ranch office park in San Ramon, California. Scheduled for completion in late 2008, the system was partially funded by incentives provided by PG&E under the California Solar Initiative (CSI).

The project is being constructed by SunPower. The company will install the SunPower T10 Solar Roof Tile commercial system, a non-penetrating solar system that tilts at a 10-degree angle to increase energy capture. AT&T will purchase electricity for the facility from an entity in which Morgan Stanley owns a major interest in under a power purchase agreement program.

The solar system on AT&T’s San Ramon facility, which will include nearly 3,700 solar panels, is expected to generate more than 1.6 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity a year. It is expected to replace the building’s normal power consumption by more than 4,300 kWh per day. The power produced by the system is expected to equal up to 25 percent of peak power and 5.5 percent of the facility’s annual electricity consumption.

“Installing this solar power system on our roof reflects AT&T’s commitment to balance the business need for affordable energy with the need to identify solutions that have less impact on the environment in the communities we serve,” said Shawn McKenzie, senior vice president of Corporate Real Estate at AT&T. “This effort will help us learn more about the benefits of renewable energy for our business and allow us to make educated decisions as we pursue future uses of alternative forms of energy.”