Solar

Procter & Gamble Activates 1.1-MW PV System

SunEdison and Procter & Gamble this week activated a 1.1-megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic system at Proctor & Gamble’s paper products manufacturing plant in Oxnard, California.

SunEdison financed, built and will maintain the solar energy system. The roof-mounted photovoltaic solar energy system is projected to produce more than 1.9 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of clean solar energy during its first year of operation.

Over 20 years, the system is estimated to produce more than 34 million kWh. The 20-year solar power services agreement (SPSA), SunEdison with no upfront capital required from P&G. Electricity from SunEdison will be purchased by P&G at long-term, predictably priced rates.

“Activating this solar energy system is a milestone in meeting our goals for sustainability. P&G recently doubled the corporation’s 2012 per-unit reduction targets for greenhouse gas emissions, waste generation and water and energy consumption, and solar energy is a major component of our energy strategy. For our project Oxnard, SPSA SunEdison’s business model allowed us to move from construction to activation in two-and-a-half months,” said Vera Ingenhuett, plant manager of the P&G’s Oxnard facility.