Power consumption is not only demanding on packaging but also on fuel. Applied Materials is purchasing sums of renewable energy in a bid to conserve energy to reduce its carbon footprint.
Solar for silicon in the valley
Power consumption has always been of mass concern in semiconductor manufacturing though not just in terms of packaging and design but now more so than ever in terms of ecological preservation. Long-standing fears of damage to the environment have sparked a much needed solution to manage excessive power consumption and the effects of carbon footprints left as a result. Applied Materials are reacting to this potentially devastating problem with an agreement to buy renewable power in an attempt to reduce its carbon emissions.
Applied Materials, Inc announced its expanded agreement to purchase 8,220,000 kilowatthours (kWh) of clean renewable energy annually from wind and solar generation sources in California in lieu of energy from non-renewable sources. The annual amount represents approximately 12 percent of the energy used in the company's Santa Clara facilities and will reduce the company's greenhouse gas emissions in Silicon Valley by more than five percent.
“We challenge other companies to join us in purchasing renewable power as we believe heightened demand will lower cost and increase availability for both business and consumer use,” said Mike Splinter, president and CEO of Applied Materials.
Renewable Energy Program
This new purchase is part of the company's comprehensive environmental responsibility programs and a response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Fortune 500 Green Power Challenge.
Quadrupling an earlier agreement, Applied Materials' pledge is the largest to date in the Santa Clara Green Power program, a 100 percent renewable energy program sponsored by SVP, The City of Santa Clara's municipal electric utility.
Applied Materials is dedicated to dramatically reducing its carbon footprint around the world by designing and enabling environmentally friendly products, improving energy efficiency and reducing the impact of operations.
According to SVP, Applied Materials' clean power commitment in Santa Clara will aid environmental conservation by preventing the annual release of more than 3,736 metric tons of carbon dioxide. By some calculations, the pledge is equivalent to planting 1,107 acres of forest or removing 782 cars from the road for one year.
“Through this agreement it is thought Applied Materials becomes one of the top purchaser of renewable energy from Silicon Valley Power and perhaps one of the largest in the USA,” said Larry Owens, Division Manager, SVP.
“As a significant purchaser of clean power, we are proud of the strong investment Applied Materials has made in the Santa Clara Green Power program and hope their example will motivate others to follow suit.”