Intel Corp campus at Folsom, Calif., goes solar

Intel Corp.'s Folsom campus is targeted to have the largest of eight new solar power systems the company plans to install in four states.

Intel announced Monday that it has new contracts for generating approximately 2.5 megawatts of solar energy at new solar power projects in California, Oregon, Arizona, and New Mexico.

Intel spokesman Mark Pettinger said the approximately 1-megawatt-plus solar field to be built in Folsom will cover about six acres of ground on the southwest portion of Intel's property between Highway 50 and Iron Point Road.

The solar field will provide up to 7 percent of the Folsom campus' overall power supply.

Intel said the Folsom site will be one of the largest non-utility ground-mounts in California. It's the only one of the planned Intel installations that does not involve solar panels installed on rooftops.

Intel's Folsom campus employs nearly 6,000.

The Santa Clara-based chip maker said the announcement is part of a larger commitment to green, efficient energy use on its campuses.

"Intel is committed to renewable energy to reduce our own carbon footprint as well as to spur the market and make renewables more economically feasible for individuals and businesses to deploy," said Brian Krzanich, vice president and general manager of Intel's manufacturing and supply chain.

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