DST Output, located in El Dorado Hills, a suburb of Sacramento, advised that its facility is sporting a rooftop solar project across its 588,000 square foot production facility. The project spans 3.15 acres and is anticipated to produce over 1.4 million kWh of energy per year. Although the system’s specific size was not specified, DST Output did note that the project is designed to use cylindrical solar collectors instead of the more typical flat panels.
“The solar project represents our commitment to being continuously 'greener' and to reducing our carbon footprint in the community,” says Dave Smart, director of Systems Support at DST Output, adding that the new solar project is projected to eliminate 27,398 tons of carbon dioxide over its 25-year lifespan. “That's equivalent to planting almost 140,000 trees or reducing driving by almost 55 million miles.”
DST Output plans to apply for a Net Energy metering agreement with PG&E later this year. The agreement will allow the power generated by the plant during the hottest parts of the day to go back into the power grid and help support peak load periods.
“During peak periods there are a lot of additional demands on the grid and systems, and solar is a great way to reduce a significant base of the load,” Smart says. “We're extremely pleased with the new installation. It's environmentally friendly and energy efficient for the company, as well as an effective source of power for the entire region.”