Applied Medical, a developer and provider of minimally invasive surgical devices, announced the completion of a 2.94 megawatt (DC) solar installation at their multi-facility corporate headquarters and a local distribution center. The system was designed and built by REC Solar, a leading provider of commercial, public sector and utility-scale solar solutions.
The solar system consists of rooftop arrays on eight separate buildings. Combined, they generate almost five million kilowatt hours of electricity annually, enough to power more than 370 homes, or about 15 percent of the facility’s energy.
This latest investment in solar supports the commitment Applied Medical has made to its sustainability efforts to reduce carbon emissions, conserve energy, conserve water, and reduce waste. Other sustainable initiatives at Applied Medical’s Orange County facilities include using a fuel cell, a cogeneration system, a water chiller system, and programs to reduce packaging waste. Combined, the solar and other technologies generate over 40 percent of the power at Applied Medical’s headquarters from renewable energy sources.
“We do everything from product design to development to manufacturing in-house and it is a natural fit to also generate our own power onsite as part of our vertically integrated business model,” said Zoran Falkenstein, acting group president of Advanced Technologies at Applied Medical. “This latest solar investment allows us to manufacture life-changing surgical devices, minimize energy use and offset carbon emissions, all to make a meaningful, positive difference for our customers, our team members and the communities that we serve.”
“The wide range of renewable technologies and sustainability initiatives at Applied Medical shows their commitment to innovation in all areas of their business,” said Alan Russo, senior vice president of Sales and Marketing at REC Solar. “We appreciate being their energy partner and contributing to their business by helping reduce energy costs and power their business with solar technology.”