30 May 2012
SolarCity and Bayer Healthcare today announced a 1,000-panel solar installation to help power Bayer's manufacturing facilities in Berkeley, California (US). The project was financed, designed and installed by SolarCity, which will also provide ongoing maintenance and monitoring as part of its standard agreement.
For Bayer, the 295 kilowatt (kW) project offers a tangible example of the company's commitment to healthy communities, as well as a concrete step to further its greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals. Over the next 20 years, the system will help Bayer avoid emitting more than 10 million pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere (equivalent to taking nearly 900 cars off the road).
SolarCity offers the business community direct reductions in fossil-fuel energy use that are more difficult to address in other aspects of global business, such as transportation. The carport on which the Bayer Healthcare panels are installed provides shade for employee cars.