Bayer brings Berkley’s largest solar installation into the light
According to the media outlet, Mayor Tom Bates was at the opening ceremony to help commemorate the occasion by cutting the ribbon on the 1,000-panel array, which also serves as a shaded parking lot for Bayer employees. The installation is nearly three times as large as any other in the city, generating 295 kilowatts of power, which will lower greenhouse emissions by 10 million pounds in the next two decades.
"Bayer has a global commitment to CO2 reduction," said Joerg Heidrich, senior vice president of Product Supply Biotech at Bayer. "We have learned that achieving these goals takes action on many fronts. Last year our water use declined by 14 percent over 2010, and solid waste was reduced by 20 percent. This new solar installation is one more step in our efforts and we look forward to working with the City of Berkeley to achieve our shared goals in climate protection."
According to the City of Berkeley, city residents and businesses have installed 849 photovoltaic systems, with total capacity of 3.4 megawatts. With each 100 square feet of solar panels installed, the city says it can reduce its CO2 emissions by 3,000 pounds.