Alcoa announced Aug. 23 the start-up of a 588,000 Watt, roof-mounted photovoltaic solar power system at its Alcoa Building and Construction Systems' Kawneer manufacturing facility in Visalia, Calif. The company said the project will demonstrate the environmental and financial merits of harnessing energy from the sun to generate electricity on an industrial scale.
Alcoa partnered on the project with DEERS, a global solar power project developer and owner of the DEERS Solution , the patent pending solar roof top attachment system, and Constellation Energy Projects & Services (CEPS), which constructed and will own and operate the solar system. Alcoa agreed to host the new solar power system and purchase the electricity generated.
"This solar power project increases California's supply of clean and reliable renewable energy," said David Schlendorf, president, Alcoa Building and Construction Systems."Alcoa is committed to implementing sustainable energy solutions and is dedicated to pursuing alternative energy supply options that benefit our key stakeholders -- including our employees, communities, customers and suppliers."
The power generated by more than 4,300 Uni-Solar thin film solar panels will provide approximately 80% of the 200,000-square-foot facility's electricity needs, during periods when demand on the electricity grid is greatest. In addition to the solar panels, more than 200 solar light tubes were installed to supplement the artificial lighting in the facility with day lighting. Alcoa is evaluating similar solar power opportunities at other facilities.
Alcoa is a founding member of the United States Climate Action Partnership (USCAP), which issued an appeal for the government to enact strong national legislation to achieve significant reductions of greenhouse gas emissions.