Intel Boasts of Growing Solar Power at its campuses

A 2017 photo shows Intel Corporation’s Ocotillo, Arizona, campus, where the company has built special solar parking structures that keep employees’ cars shaded from 100-degree summer temperatures and generate solar power for on-campus use. The company has installed more than 8,000 solar parking spots worldwide. New solar projects are planned or underway at many Intel campuses, including those in Ocotillo; Chandler, Arizona; India; Vietnam; and Malaysia. (Credit: Intel Corporation)

While solar power development is only in occasional use in Oklahoma, it’s growing in some states to the southwest. Intel reports it now has enough solar panels to cover 52 regulation football fields or 47 full-size soccer fields.

In a recent announcement, Intel estimated it has installed 3 million square feet of solar arrays at Intel sites in nine nations. The panels harvest 33 million kilowatt hours of green power which is equivalent to the annual energy use of 3,700 U.S. homes.

Intel uses energy from the sun to heat and cool its buildings across its campuses in the U.S., Europe and Asia. The panels also provide lighting and produce electricity for on-campus use.

Intel boasts that 100 percent of the energy it uses in its chip manufacturing business in the U.S. and Europe come from renewable sources: solar, hydro and wind.

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