Now That’s One Big Carport!

By Todd Brady, Global Environmental Director at Intel Corporation

Just how big is the largest solar carport in the U.S.?  Large enough to park nearly 3,000 cars, motorcycles, bicycles, skateboards or whatever your favorite form of transportation is. We’re proud to announce that today we are unveiling the largest private solar carport in the U.S.!  Here are a couple more facts about Intel’s new solar installation at our Folsom, California campus that capture the significance of this investment:

  • 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 US
  • At peak capacity the new solar arrays will generate enough power to meet over 50% of the Intel campus’s energy usage, equivalent to meeting the power demand of almost 1,000 homes

It’s also a lot of welcome shade for our employees when those July and August temps climb into the triple digits.

folsom solar carport

 

If you allow me to brag on Folsom’s behalf just a bit more, this campus continues to raise the “green” bar for all of us at Intel.  In addition to the new solar array, the site has recently reduced its water consumption by over 40% and has established a group of on-site beehives to help restore the bee colonies in the area (the honey that gets served in our cafes is not too bad either).

The best part – we aren’t done yet.  And to help us get there – what are your “green” accomplishments?  One of the things I love about my job is the opportunity to meet with other companies and learn from their innovative practices.  Sustainability is not a single project but an ongoing journey.  Our Folsom campus has taken a big step down that path, but there is still much to do.  In the meantime, we’ll enjoy parking in the shade.

Links:

About Intel and the Environment

2014 CSR Report

Todd Brady

About Todd Brady

Todd Brady is the Director of Global Public Affairs and Sustainability for Intel Corporation. In this role he leads state and local government affairs, media and community relations, corporate volunteerism and sustainability at the company's major manufacturing and office locations around the globe. In addition to overseeing regulatory and community engagement strategies in the US, China, Southeast Asia, Israel, Ireland and Latin America, he directs Intel’s global initiatives to make Intel “smart & green” by leading corporate-wide sustainability programs such as climate, energy and water conservation, green design and the integration of internet of things (IoT) solutions to create smart and green offices, buildings and facilities of the future. During his 20+ years at Intel, Todd has represented the company publicly in numerous forums and led industry-wide initiatives in many national and international committees. He has authored more than 20 papers in scientific journals and conference proceedings on a variety of sustainability topics. In 2009, he was named by Scientific American as one of ten outstanding leaders involved in research, business or policy pursuits that have advanced science and technology. Todd holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Brigham Young University and a MS in Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

One Response to Now That’s One Big Carport!

  1. April 12, 2016

    Dear Mr. Todd Brady,

    As a courtesy, I have attempted to make my message as short and to the point as possible.

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