Folsom's Intel solar carport unveiling
Folsom’s Intel campus now has the largest solar carport in the United States.
The Intel campus had their ribbon -cutting ceremony on Feb. 16 to celebrate the completion of the new 6.5-megawatt solar carport.
With this new installation, the Folsom campus’s total of solar arrays is now 8.7-megawatts, making it “the largest private solar carport in the U.S. today and one of the largest solar installations in California,” said Grace Davis, Intel’s director of global public affairs.
Intel is ranked No. 12 in Forbes for the world’s most reputable companies and has been the largest voluntary purchaser of green power in the U.S. since 2008, Davis said.
The entire solar installation on the campus “will generate nearly 13 million kilowatt-hours,” Davis said. “It is the equivalent of powering almost 1,000 homes for one year, it also means shade for 3,000 cars and our employees definitely appreciate that.”
During the ceremony there were speeches by Mayor Steve Miklos and Congressman Ami Bera.
“I’m proud to represent companies like Intel, which has demonstrated a longtime commitment to being a global leader in renewable energy and sustainability investment,” said Congressman Ami Bera. “The magnitude of this investment further demonstrates California’s leadership in both attracting solar investment and being a great place to do business,” Bera said.
The Folsom campus is one of the largest employers in the Sacramento region with 6,300 employees.
“Everything that is made here in these buildings is essentially the fingerprint that’s on the product around the world,” Davis said. “Intel has been a longtime leader in renewable energy and sustainability.”