Trimble has broken ground on the construction of a 1.7 MW solar array as a renewable energy source at its Westminster, Colorado, headquarters. The new solar panels are projected to offset more than 100% of the energy consumed by the company’s two-building campus in the Westmoor Technology Park, which represents approximately 6-7% of the company’s total global electricity demand (based on 2021 figures). The installation will be one of the largest distributed solar projects in the city of Westminster.
The 4.4-acre project includes ground-mounted solar arrays and raised structures with solar panels to form 170 carports for employees and visitors. Carports will protect vehicles from the weather and provide 49 electric vehicle charging stations powered by the sun. The system has the capacity to provide a maximum estimated annual yield of 2,570,000 kWh. The array also has the added bonus of reducing strain on the grid by minimizing Trimble’s reliance on traditional energy sources, especially at times of peak energy demand, which is typically when the sun is shining.
The solar array project is part of Trimble’s science-based target commitment to reduce its Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions, which includes emissions from the company’s facilities and vehicles, by 50% by 2030 (from a 2019 baseline) and to achieve 100% annual sourcing of renewable electricity by 2025.
“We feel a heightened responsibility to be more sustainable and to help our customers drive sustainability for the benefit of our planet and future generations,” said Rob Painter, CEO of Trimble. “We are committed to pursuing innovative renewable energy solutions in terms of their environmental benefit. This includes on-site generation of renewable energy from solar, which we are implementing or pursuing across a number of our global sites. Our goal for these projects is to generate our own renewable energy, and when possible, provide any excess energy production to the local electricity grid.”
Trimble is working with Boulder, Colorado-based Namaste Solar, an employee-owned, fully integrated solar energy company, to design and build the project. Several of Trimble’s solutions will be used in the construction of the project, including robotic total stations for surveying and site layout as well as machine control and guidance for pile driving.
“In the face of climate change and rising energy costs, Trimble serves as an inspiration for businesses to source high-quality renewable energy,” said Rachel Mountain, co-owner and director of commercial and industrial sales at Namaste Solar. “Not only does this project advance Trimble’s clean energy goals, but it will also drive local economic growth and support over 50 good-paying green jobs in our community.”
— Solar Builder magazine