It is estimated Dell’s “Solar Grove” project will provide 131,000kW/h of clean solar power to the building, avoiding greenhouse gasemissions by about 145,000 pounds per year. But wait, there’s more.More than 500 individual solar panels will provide shade to some50-plus parking spaces in the employee parking lot. Plus, the treesinclude two Coulomb ChargPoints for electric vehicles and plug-inhybrids.
According to M. White, project manager for general contractor McBride Electric,an open area of the parking lot was chosen for the Solar Groveinstallation – no trees were cut down or removed for the project. Thecharging stations are free for employees and will also work at night.
The project was a collaborative effort by numerous companies. Coulomb Technologies provided the charging points, solar panels were manufactured by BP Solar and the solar trees were planted by Envision Solar International Inc.