Green Power is Golden

Applied Materials is pleased to be recognized once again for our commitment to green energy. In the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recent Green Power Partnership report, Applied ranked no. 15 on the list of the Top 20 Tech and Telecom companies and no. 35 on the Fortune 500 list.

As I’m caught up in Olympic fever at the moment, this feels like winning a medal!

For those of you who need to understand the rules of the game, “green power” is defined as electricity produced from solar, wind, geothermal, biogas, biomass, and low-impact small hydroelectric sources, i.e. no large scale dams that may impact fisheries. Fossil fuel sources and nuclear are excluded.

Our climate change strategy at Applied Materials begins with the notion of optimizing energy use at all of our facilities. The next step... is to utilize as much green energy as practicable and that includes both on-site generation and purchases of green energy. Applied Materials is the #1 supplier of equipment to the solar PV industry so we are literally invested in the future of renewables, but we are firmly convinced that the proliferation of renewable energy systems is good for the planet and good for business.

At the present time we generate or purchase a combined total of 33 million kilowatt hours of electricity, offsetting nearly 23,000 metrics tons of CO2. Our onsite PV generation systems have a capacity of 2.5 megawatts and we are not stopping there. Before the end of the year we expect to commission a 2.0 megawatt wind turbine at our facility in Massachusetts (a rarity for non-utility companies) and we have plans to purchase considerably more wind-generated green electricity as well.

We urge and trust that many other companies will join Applied Materials in realizing the benefits of green power.

VIDEO CAPTION: A time lapse movie taken on January 26, 2012. Even on a cloudy winter’s day, the array generated 7,000 megajoules of clean energy.

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