Construction companies continue to be dedicated to renewable energy, creating sustainable operations, and trendsetting in order to go green.
As yet another example of solar in the construction industry, Fortinet, www.fortinet.com, Sunnyvale, Calif, recently contracted with Blue Oak Energy, www.blueoakenergy.com, Davis, Calif., to design and install a campus solar carport and rooftop project.
The new distributed solar energy facility comprises 3148 Canadian solar modules, located on rooftop and parking-structure locations. In addition to generating clean energy onsite, the parking canopies offer shade and cooling to the staff’s vehicles during daytime work hours.
The Fortinet campus tenant improvements and solar projects were managed by FaciliCorp, www.facilicorp.net, San Jose, Calif.
Company executives with FaciliCorp say Blue Oak Energy paid close attention to detail on the project. This is in line with Blue Oak Energy’s mission, which is to streamline large-scale solar energy projects so the adoption of solar electricity becomes widely accessible.
This project is supported by overall scale of solar within the construction industry, as there is an increasing number of solar for businesses and solar design for utility projects across the United States. Today, Blue Oak Energy has delivered solar electric systems on more than 600 locations, across more than 30 states, totaling more than 780MW (megawatts).
While this is just one example, the use of solar on construction projects is growing—and might be something many construction organizations experience in the years to come.