One-acre, 1,500 solar panel array at Pioneer Hi-Bred Waimea Research Center in Kauai, Hawaii is DuPonts largest solar installation to date
MARLBORO, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Evergreen Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: ESLR), a manufacturer of STRING RIBBON' solar power products with its proprietary, low-cost silicon wafer manufacturing technology, announced today that a new 250 kilowatt solar energy power plant using its solar panels is now operational at DuPont's Pioneer Hi-Bred Waimea Research Center in Kauai, Hawaii. The solar installation is DuPont's largest and will supply 85 percent of the overall energy for the Research Center.
The installation contains 1,500 Evergreen Solar panels and occupies an area of one acre. It will generate enough energy each year to power approximately 64 average-sized homes. By generating renewable energy, the facility will offset carbon dioxide emissions equivalent to removing 100 cars from the road annually. DuPont expects to save approximately $200,000 per year in offset energy costs.
"This is a significant solar installation for DuPont and clearly demonstrates their commitment to renewable energy and sustainability not only as a leader in solar power usage but as a key materials and technology supplier to the photovoltaics industry," said Terry Bailey, Evergreen Solar's senior vice president of sales and marketing. "DuPont's choice to use Evergreen Solar's panels will not only show immediate results in performance but will also help DuPont accomplish its carbon goals since our panels have both the smallest carbon footprint and the quickest energy payback of any manufacturer in the business."
This is the second solar installation by DuPont to use Evergreen Solar panels, the first of which is located at DuPont's headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware.
About Evergreen Solar, Inc.
Evergreen Solar, Inc. develops, manufactures and markets STRING RIBBON' solar power products using its proprietary, low-cost wafer technology. The company's patented wafer manufacturing technology uses significantly less polysilicon than conventional processes. Evergreen Solar's products provide reliable and environmentally clean electric power for residential and commercial applications globally. For more information about the company, please visit www.evergreensolar.com.
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