Earlier this week Intel Corp. unveiled a 6.5 megawatt carport at its Folsom, Calif. campus. The carport covers 3,000 spaces—which, could be more than enough parking spaces for the 6,000 employees at the campus (if they’re car sharing or taking other forms of transportation to work). As such it’s the largest solar panel carport in the U.S., to date, according to Intel.
“We’re proud to announce that today we are unveiling the largest private solar carport in the U.S.,” said Intel’s Global Environmental Director Todd Brady.
The new solar panel array increases the amount of solar power at the site. “The new solar carport brings the total on-site solar energy generation to 8.7 MW, making this installation one of the largest in California and among the top-10 in the U.S.,” Brady said.
“At peak capacity the new solar arrays will generate enough power to meet over 50 percent of the Intel campus’s energy usage, equivalent to meeting the power demand of almost 1,000 homes,” Brady said in a post about the new system.
Prior to the carport installation, the company had made two other solar power installations at the location, totaling 2.2 megawatts of solar power on the campus. All of the systems were installed by SolarCity, according to the Sacramento Bee.
Intel is among the tech leaders that are installing solar power and using clean energy at a rapid pace. Other leading companies like Google and Apple are also using solar power on their campuses and for their electric needs. Beyond using solar power to power their on-site needs these companies are using solar panels to power data centers and more. For instance, Google is looking to use solar power to provide internet access in remote places using kites and/or unmanned planes.
Every year more companies are using solar power, too. In its annual “Solar Means Business” report the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) showed that solar energy usage among businesses in the has grown 183 percent since the organization began issuing the report four years ago. In the past year it grew 59 percent.Tweet