Intel Solar Panel Installations Highlight Commitment to Green Energy

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Intel Solar Panel Installations Highlight Commitment to Green Energy

Intel Solar Panel Installations Highlight Commitmentto Green EnergyBy Jeffrey Burt

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Santa Clara, Calif.

Intel will have solar panels installed on the roof of the Robert N. Noyce Building, the chip maker's corporate headquarters.

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Rio Rancho, N.M.

Intel's Fab 11X facility was opened in 2002 at a cost of $2 billion, and has been updated several times as new generations of processors have been developed. Intel announced in 2009 that it was spending $2.5 billion to upgrade the plant once again as part of a plan to spend $7 billion to get its fabs outfitted to produce the new 32-nanometer chips.

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Chandler, Ariz.

Intel will begin installing photovoltaic solar panels on the roof of the building in February, with project going online around April.

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Hillsboro, Ore.

The panels atop Intel's building in Oregon will generate about 800 kilowatts of solar energy, the equivalent of the power used in about 86 homes.

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Folsom, Calif.

The largest of the eight installations, the project in Folsom also is the only one that will not be placed on the roof of a building. Instead, the solar panels will be placed in a 6-acre field on the Intel campus.

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Folsom, Calif.

This is another view of the Folsom solar field, which Intel officials say will generate about 1 megawatt of solar power. Intel expects to break ground in March, with solar power being generated by June.

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