Solar adds power to multi-factory site

A major surgical devices firm has installed a 2.94 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) system at its multi-factory corporate headquarters and distribution centre in California.

The PV system was designed and built by REC Solar, which installed rooftop arrays on eight buildings at Applied Medical’s headquarters complex (pictured). In total, the system will supply around 15 per cent of the facility’s energy.

The complex also features a fuel cell, a cogeneration plant and a water chiller system as part of a sustainability effort. Together with the solar arrays, over 40 per cent of the facility’s power and heat needs now come from renewable sources.

Zoran Falkenstein, acting group president of Advanced Technologies at Applied Medical, said: “We do everything from product design to development to manufacturing in-house and it is a natural fit to also generate our own power onsite as part of our vertically integrated business model.

“This latest solar investment allows us to manufacture life-changing surgical devices, minimize energy use and offset carbon emissions, all to make a meaningful, positive difference for our customers, our team members and the communities that we serve.”

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