PowerLight Designs Solar Array for Cypress

November 19, 2001 by Jeff Shepard

Cypress Semiconductor (San Jose, CA) announced that it is deploying a large solar-electric generation system at its new headquarters building to offset expensive peak power purchases from the grid. The 335kW solar rooftop array is being manufactured, designed and installed by PowerLight Corp. (Berkeley, CA), and will be the largest photovoltaic system in Silicon Valley, generating enough electricity to power more than 300 homes.

"Investing in clean, reliable solar energy is consistent with Cypress' track record of being pioneers in technology innovation and leaders in our community," said Cypress President and CEO T.J. Rodgers. "We see no reason why other Silicon Valley firms shouldn't follow suit - this project was entirely justifiable on economic merits alone."

"Silicon Valley is a natural leader in recognizing and implementing new solutions to California's energy needs," noted PowerLight CEO Tom Dinwoodie. "As with the introduction of distributed computing, onsite distributed solar generation offers customers flexibility and increased control over their energy demand. Cypress' new 335kW solar system will help Cypress efficiently and reliably meet its energy needs - and provide excess generation back to the grid for a return."