Patagonia Headquarters Installs Sharp PV

January 24, 2006 by Jeff Shepard

The Patagonia clothing company is working toward its goal of becoming energy self-sufficient with the installation of a 66.6-kW Sharp photovoltaic system at its Ventura, California headquarters. The system incorporates 360 185W Sharp panels on three custom-built carports erected in the parking lot.

"Our new solar system proves energy independence can be aesthetically pleasing," said Patagonia representative Jill Dumain. "Patagonia believes in using business to inspire solutions to the environmental crisis, and our solar solution is just one example of our commitment to that belief."

Patagonia utilizes various forms of renewable energy, including solar electricity and wind power for its facilities worldwide. In 1996, Patagonia incorporated a 5-kW solar system into its Reno, Nevada distribution center. Realizing that solar is the most viable form of renewable energy when it comes to supporting its corporate energy efficiency foals, Patagonia has plans to expand the system at the Reno facility to produce more power.

"Patagonia demonstrates a strong commitment to the environment thought its use of clean energy technologies and with the installation of a solar system, it will now be able to fulfill some of its own power needs," said Ron Kenedi, vice president of Sharp's Solar Energy Solutions Group. "This system will provide twelve percent of the power for its headquarters, while the carports will provide much-appreciated sheltered parking for employees."