Owens Corning is celebrating the completion of a 2.4-megawatt (DC) solar parking canopy project at its headquarters in Toledo. Located above 935 parking spaces, the solar installation is currently one of the largest of its kind in the Midwest and supports Owens Corning’s newly expanded goals aimed at reducing its environmental footprint.
Having met its 2020 sustainability goal for greenhouse gas emissions, Owens Corning has increased its greenhouse gas intensity reduction target from 20 percent to 50 percent of its 2010 baseline.
“In our continuous quest to improve the sustainability of our company, we relentlessly seek partners who will step up and help us redefine what is possible,” said Owens Corning Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer Frank O’Brien-Bernini. “Once again, Constellation has delivered; helping us to imagine and then build a large-scale solar photovoltaic system to deliver significant renewable energy to our facility and, at the same time, become an iconic structure for Owens Corning and the downtown Toledo streetscape.”
Constellation financed, built, owns and maintains the solar parking canopy. Electricity generated by the system is purchased by Owens Corning under a 20-year power purchase agreement with Constellation. Owens Corning retains all environmental attributes, including Class I SRECs, for the system.
Employees and visitors to Owens Corning’s headquarters can view energy output data from the system in real-time via a kiosk located in the lobby. Additionally, the solar parking canopy installation is equipped with two electric vehicle charging stations, which can charge up to four vehicles at a time. ChargePoint, a Constellation Technology Ventures portfolio company, supplied the stations.
The solar parking canopy is comprised of approximately 8,000 photovoltaic panels. The system is expected to generate 3 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year (based on first year production). Generating the same amount of electricity using nonrenewable sources would result in the release of approximately 2,069 metric tons of carbon dioxide, or the equivalent emissions from 436 passenger vehicles annually, according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency data for the region.
This post was prepared by Solar Thermal Magazine staff.