Silicon Valley’s largest solar system installed
System offsets electrical demand during peak load,
reducing impact on environment
Mountain View, CA— Microsoft
Corp. announced the installation of a new solar electric system
at the company’s Silicon Valley Campus (SVC). It is the
largest of its kind in Silicon Valley. Generating 480kW at peak
capacity, this system is composed of 2,288 tiles that will supply
enough energy to power nearly 500 homes.
Rolling blackouts are sometimes
mandated in Silicon Valley during the summer months when power
consumption is at its highest. The system is designed to deliver
maximum output when the local energy grid is under the greatest
Maintaining an environmentally
friendly campus is a priority for Microsoft’s SVC. During
the SVC construction phases, Microsoft consulted with the architect
on ways to create a “green” design. Some of the initial
design features that were implemented include the use of recycled
materials in building finishes, drought-tolerant landscaping,
and building management systems to proactively monitor and control
Since the SVC opened in 1999,
it has continued to implement environmentally friendly practices,
which include the following:
•Replacement of high
energy lighting with more efficient lighting.
•Reduction of hours of operation for heating, ventilation,
air conditioning (HVAC) and full lighting.
•Adjustment of set points and efficient operation of HVAC
•Reduction of parking lot ground cover landscaping to
reduce irrigation requirements.
•Modification of water timing to improve water effectiveness.
The 480kW solar electric system
from PowerLight Corp. of Berkeley, California consists of high-efficiency
solar modules that convert sunlight directly into electricity.