Siemens Transportation Systems Inc. has approved the installation of a 1 megawatt solar energy system at its Sacramento light rail manufacturing facility to be completed by mid- to late-October 2008. Siemens is the first privately owned company in California’s capitol to install a photovoltaic system of this magnitude – twice the size of any privately installed system in the Sacramento Area.
The system is expected to generate 29,664,213 kWh of electricity over the first 20 years and is equal to approximately 150 average-size residential solar panel systems.
Using the California Energy Commission’s Clean Power Estimator, Siemens calculated that the system will prevent 737 tons of CO2 annually and is equivalent to removing 7,933 cars from the road and to planting about 200 acres of trees a year.
Siemens executives were recently among a group from four of the world’s top wind turbine manufacturers urging Congress to act promptly to extend the renewable energy production tax credit set to expire December 31, 2008.