Intel has announced that it will augment the amount of renewable energy credits (REC) that the company purchases throughout 2011 while also releasing that nine of its solar power installations, at company sites throughout the United States and Jerusalem, have been completed and are in full operation.
Intel first began purchasing REC’s in 2008 with an initial commitment of 1.3 billion kWh. In 2010, the company committed to purchasing 1.43 billion kWh worth of REC’s, which in 2011, has increased by 75%. The acquisition of 2.5 billion kWh of REC’s this year will be completed with assistance by Sterling Planet.
“Intel’s renewable energy efforts are meant to spur the market and make renewables cheaper and more accessible, in turn helping to reduce the overall carbon emissions from electric generation,” said Brian Krzanich, senior vice president and general manager of Manufacturing and Supply Chain for Intel. “Intel’s REC purchases, support for solar installations and other clean energy investments will continue to be priorities for us as we search for effective sustainability opportunities around the globe.”
Simultaneous to its REC commitment, Intel has released that eight U.S-based solar projects and its first international solar installation, located in Jerusalem, are complete and generating power. The company first revealed its plans for the nine solar projects in January 2010, all of which have been built at Intel facilities.
A 50kW roof installation is generating solar electricity at Intel’s Jerusalem location, while Stateside, a 1MW solar installation at its Folsom, California facility, four rooftop installations and four solar support structures in four U.S. states are collectively generating 3.8 million kWh of electricity per year. All of the U.S. installations were completed and are operated by SolarCity.