Executives at eBay wanted the company’s new campus to be as sustainable as possible. This meant using recycled materials, installing low-flow faucets and installing rooftop solar. When it came time to hire a firm to manage the massive solar project—the largest commercial installation in San Jose—eBay chose to work with SolarCity, America’s leading solar provider.
eBay’s 650 kW installation—comprised of 3,248 individual solar panels—spans 60,000 square feet on five separate buildings. If laid side by side, the panels would fill more than a professional football field. In total, eBay’s solar system will offset 37 million pounds of carbon dioxide over the next three decades and save the company approximately $100,000* in electricity costs within its first year of operation.
SolarCity helped eBay drive home sustainable thinking with a discount program for employees. More than 500 employees attended SolarCity’s workshops to learn about residential solar installations.
“While many companies talk about environmental responsibility, eBay is ‘walking the walk’ with a multi-faceted commitment to clean power and green building,” said Lyndon Rive, SolarCity’s chief executive officer. “We hope eBay’s employee program can serve as an example for other companies to follow as more and more businesses and residents seek affordable, clean power alternatives”.