SAN JOSE, Santa Cruz California News – A bay area company, Power Integrations, announced that it has completed the installation of commercial solar for its San Jose headquarters. The company’s innovative technology enables compact, energy-efficient power supplies in a wide range of electronic products, in AC-DC, DC-DC and LED lighting applications. The solar installations includes more than two thousand solar panels covering a fourty four thousand sqare fool parking area. This solar panel installation is among the tenth largest photovoltaic power installs in Silicon Valley. The solar installation will provide all the electricity for two buildings where over 100 employees work in the company’s computer chip operation.
The solar parking lot installation represents a serious commitment to helping resolve this countries energy demands while creating local jobs. Our hat is off to this San Jose bay area technology company who becomes our newest solar hero for its leadership. Read More
Silicon Valley Technology Company Leads the Way in Sustainable Energy with a 600 Kilowatt Solar Installation
Renewable Energy World
By Kathy Coulston / San Jose, California
A Santa Cruz, California solar company, designed a $3.6 million solar installation for Power Integrations, a leading high-voltage integrated circuit manufacturer, known for its energy efficient products. The company is headquartered in Edenvale Technology Park in San Jose.
The project is expected to reduce 10,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions over the next 25 years. The City of San Jose’s Mayor, Chuck Reed applauded the company for helping the city achieve its Green Vision Goals.
Honoring the company’s commitment to sustainable solar energy in the community, local government officials, U.S. Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, Councilmember Ash Kalra, and Silicon Valley Leadership Group President and CEO Carl Guardino was on hand at the facility for a “solar powering on” event Thursday.
When the project began in 2009, the scope was limited to solar on the roofs of two buildings with a total potential of 200 kW. The Power Integrations team quickly concluded that their investment needed to cover a significantly larger portion of their usage. Solar Technologies determined that by using the parking facility, approximately 50% of their usage would be offset. A new plan was developed that covered a 44,448 square-foot lot.
As the scope of the system grew, Solar Technologies the installer of the system, called upon two established solar partners, Atlas-Pellizzari Electric of Redwood City and Legacy Roofing of San Jose. Atlas-Pellizzari took over the responsibilities for system construction with Legacy managing the construction of the parking structures.
“Large commercial photovoltaic installation require the teamwork of multiple engineering disciplines. Solar is a long term investment that requires full consideration of the vendor’s capabilities. The finished project provides shaded areas for vehicle parking, while producing clean energy to power the facility and reduce electric bills. Balu Balakrishnan, president and CEO of Power Integrations, estimates that the system will pay for itself in twelve years through accumulated energy savings.
Power Integrations is committed to energy efficiency compliance and the company made a bold move with this sizeable installation. The array uses 2,531 Sharp panels and two SatCon inverters.
The system will power two buildings, including their chip testing operations with 100 employees and produce lighting for their parking facilities. The project is expected to reduce 10,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions over the next 25 years. A data feed solar monitoring the system production can be viewed at www.powerint.com/solar.
“We are proud to be part of this project, working with an innovative company who is setting new standards for resource conservation in Silicon Valley. With a system of this magnitude, Power Integrations has established its position as a role-model for a sustainable future,” said Matt Ledna, Director of solar Sales and Marketing.
The City of San Jose’s Mayor, Chuck Reed applauded the company for helping the city achieve its Green Vision Goals through the smart application of solar.