eBay Case Study

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Location San Jose, CA
System Size 650 kW
Annual Electricity Cost Savings $100,000
Installed March 2008
Estimated Lifetime CO2 Reduction 37 million lbs
Est. Annual Electricity Production 888,061 kwH
Number of Panels 3,248
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"Efforts from companies like SolarCity and eBay are helping San Jose become a leader in developing clean technology and adopting clean power, reducing our dependence on expensive, polluting energy sources."

Chuck Reed, Mayor, City of San Jose

 

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eBay Plugs Into SolarCity's Experience to Power New Green Building

San Jose's Signature Solar Project

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 building solar roofs. When it came time to hire a firm to manage the massive solar project, the largest commercial installation in San Jose, eBay chose a team with more than two decades of experience in solar system design and installation: SolarCity.

"A Simple and Straight-Forward Process"

eBay's 650 kW installation—including 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.

"I'm delighted that SolarCity has teamed with eBay on the city's largest commercial solar installation to date," said San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed. "Efforts from companies like SolarCity and eBay are helping San Jose become a leader in developing clean technology and adopting clean power, reducing our dependence on expensive, polluting energy sources."

Powering Facilities, Empowering Employees

SolarCity helped eBay drive sustainable thinking home 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."