SAS plans additional 1.2 megawatt solar farm
Teaming with groSolar and FLS Energy, SAS will provide power to local community
CARY, NC - SAS, the leader in business analytics software and services, working with groSolar and FLS Energy, will develop a second solar farm on the company’s Cary, NC, headquarters campus. Scheduled for completion by late March 2010, the 1.2 megawatt capacity addition will generate an estimated 1.9 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) annually, enough to power more than 200 homes.
SAS Solar Farm 2 will comprise some 5,200 photovoltaic panels, covering about seven acres near the existing system off Trenton Road. The design of the system will take advantage of the natural topography using a sun-tracking system to optimize sun exposure and power generation. Progress Energy will purchase the generated electricity for the public energy grid.
“This solar farm demonstrates SAS’ continued commitment to protecting our environmental resources,” said Jerry Williams, SAS Environmental Sustainability Program Manager. “We hope other organizations will see this as an example of what is possible for them.”
Operational in December 2008, SAS Solar Farm 1 covers five acres and generates an estimated 1.7 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) yearly. Sustainably sourced energy from the combined systems will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 3,500 tons annually from conventionally produced electricity – the equivalent to the emissions from burning more than 367,000 gallons of gasoline.
SAS’ environmental sustainability program on its Cary campus also includes solar thermal hot water systems, regenerative drive elevators, two buildings currently under construction designed to achieve LEED-certification, water and waste conservation projects and active employee engagement efforts. SAS® for Sustainability Management, launched in April 2008, helps organizations accurately measure and manage their environmental impact.
“This project is more proof that solar power is an economically viable energy source for America,” said groSolar CEO Jeff Wolfe. “We applaud SAS for recognizing that environmental preservation can be coupled with economic gain through solar energy implementation.”
“FLS Energy is honored to help install this landmark solar project,” said FLS Energy President Michael Shore. “The SAS solar farm enables FLS Energy to create more than 10 new North Carolina jobs. The new solar farm is good for the environment and the local economy.”
groSolar is North America’s premier distributor, installer and integrator of solar energy solutions for residential and commercial installations. Founded in 1998, groSolar is a nationwide installation and distribution company, leading the solar industry. The company has offices and warehouses across the US, installing and distributing solar electric and solar hot water systems from offices in VT, NJ, NY, CT, MA, MD, DE, PA, and CA. groSolar integrates components from leading solar manufacturers including Canadian Solar, Zep Solar, Motech, Heliodyne, SMA, Fronius, and UniRac into simple solar energy solutions for customers that generate clean, reliable energy for decades. groSolar is a mission-driven company dedicated to providing high-quality solar energy solutions and whole energy appreciation. groSolar’s venture capital investors include NGP Energy Technology Partners, SJF Ventures and Calvert Social Investment Fund. Learn more at groSolar.com or call 800-374-4494.
About FLS Energy
FLS Energy is a solar energy generation company. Our mission is to make solar mainstream. FLS Energy provides engineering, technology, installation and financing solutions to provide its clients clean energy and a hedge against rising energy costs. Projects range from some of the largest solar hot water systems in the country to solar farms for generating electricity.
SAS is the leader in business analytics software and services, and the largest independent vendor in the business intelligence market. Through innovative solutions delivered within an integrated framework, SAS helps customers at more than 45,000 sites improve performance and deliver value by making better decisions faster. Since 1976 SAS has been giving customers around the world The Power to Know® .
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