500 kW PV System at Alcoa’s California Facility Starts Operation

Alcoa announced the start-up of a 588 kilowatt (kW), roof-mounted photovoltaic solar power system at its Alcoa Building and Construction Systems’ Kawneer manufacturing facility in Visalia, California. The power generated by more than 4,300 Uni-Solar thin film solar panels will provide approximately 80 percent of the 200,000-square-foot facility’s electricity needs.

In addition to the solar panels, more than 200 solar light tubes were installed to supplement the artificial lighting in the facility with day lighting. Alcoa is evaluating similar solar power opportunities at other facilities.

“This solar power project increases California’s supply of clean and reliable renewable energy,” said David Schlendorf, president, Alcoa Building and Construction Systems. “Alcoa is committed to implementing sustainable energy solutions and is dedicated to pursuing alternative energy supply options that benefit our key stakeholders — including our employees, communities, customers and suppliers.”

Alcoa partnered on the project with DEERS, a global solar power project developer and owner of the DEERS Solution™, the patent pending solar roof top attachment system, and Constellation Energy Projects & Services (CEPS), which constructed and will own and operate the solar system. Alcoa agreed to host the new solar power system and purchase the electricity generated.

“Green energy solutions are becoming a business imperative for forward-looking companies such as Alcoa,” said Gregory Jarosinski, president of CEPS. “With CEPS owning and operating the renewable system, customers enjoy stable long-term energy pricing from an environmentally friendly source.”

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