Applied Materials Activates 2.1-MW Solar System

Applied Materials and SunPower Corporation have announced the completion of two SunPower solar power systems totaling 2.1 megawatts (MW) at Applied Materials’ corporate facilities in Sunnyvale, California. The systems represent one of the largest solar power deployments at a corporate facility in the United States.

The system includes a 950-kilowatt SunPower PowerGuard installation and a 1.2-MW SunPower Tracker installation that was placed on an elevated parking canopy. Both systems use SunPower solar panels and SunPower uses Applied Materials’ Baccini technology in its solar cell manufacturing process. Since the first phase of the installation in November 2007, Applied reported that its solar system has generated 1,413 megawatt-hours (MWh) of power.

“This is another exciting milestone in the adoption of solar power in California,” said Mike Splinter, president and CEO of Applied Materials. “More companies are realizing the wisdom of integrating solar as a non-intrusive, clean, silent form of energy generation into our businesses and communities. We’ve converted our parking lots to power plants and we encourage others to join us in making solar power a meaningful part of the energy supply.”

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