Applied Materials to Install 1.9 MW Solar Power System at Research Center

Applied Materials, Inc. plans to install more than 1.9 megawatts (MW) of solar power generation capability at its research campus in Sunnyvale, California, to be rolled out in three phases.

“When the project is complete we will have a silent, non-polluting 1.9 megawatt power plant on what is currently open roof space and parking areas, and a great hedge against future energy cost increases,” said Mike Splinter, president and CEO of Applied Materials. “As we pursue our strategy to significantly drive down the overall solar cost-per-watt we feel it is important to lead through example and that installations of this size will help lower consumer cost and spur overall market growth,” he added. Applied Materials will start installing panels later this year. Once completed in 2008, the system will generate more than 2,330 megawatt-hours annually.

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