Intel said today that it plans to add 800 kilowatts of solar power at its Oregon facilities over the next seven months, adding to 100 kilowatts already at its Jones Farm campus in Hillsboro.
The new solar capacity is equivalent to the power used by 80 homes, according to Portland General Electric. The new solar power is being supplied by First Solar Inc., headquartered in Tempe, Arizona.
The pending installation in Hillsboro is part of a broader solar commitment by Intel, which is also adding solar panels in Arizona, California and New Mexico — 2.5 megawatts altogether.
Additionally, Intel said it will increase its consumption of renewable energy credits to 1.43 billion kilowatt hours — more than 51 percent of its total annual electricity consumption. Intel said its Oregon power bill is about $55 million annually.
Intel employs more in Oregon than any other business, with more than 15,000 working for the company in Washington County.
Mike Rogoway, Oregonian – http://blog.oregonlive.com/siliconforest/2010/01/intel_adds_solar_power_in_hill.html