SANTA ROSA, Calif. (11/7/14)--To accommodate ongoing growth in a way that does not compromise the environment, Redwood CU has begun installation of a 2,036-panel rooftop solar array at its administrative offices in Santa Rosa, Calif.
|Redwood CU has begun installation of a 2,036-panel rooftop solar array at its administrative offices in Santa Rosa, Calif. The system will provide 60% of the facility's annual power requirements when completed early next year. (Redwood CU Photo)|
The system will provide 60% of the facility's annual power requirements when completed early next year.
The system, which will be capable of producing 662 kilowatts of power, is Redwood's latest environmentally minded upgrade to the location, which has served as the $2.3 billion-asset credit union's headquarters since 2007.
"Not only does this solar array advance our commitment to the environment, but the savings on power costs make it a smart investment on behalf of our members," said Brett Martinez, Redwood president/CEO.
Since it purchased its 104,000-square-foot headquarters in 2006, Redwood CU began a significant remodel of the site, employing measures that helped obtain the U.S. Green Building Council's prestigious "LEED Silver" designation in 2008--the first commercial building in Santa Rosa to do so.
More than 200 people now work at the location, which houses the majority of Redwood's administrative and support departments, as well as a branch office. The building also includes a large community room, which frequently serves as meeting and event space for local nonprofits and community organizations throughout the North Bay.
"This building has lived up to its promise of providing us a venue to better serve the best interests of our members, employees and communities," Martinez said. "We've continually made incremental improvements throughout the organization to reduce the environmental impact of our work, and now we feel it's time to take the next big step."
Savings in electricity costs are expected to allow Redwood to recover the cost of the system within 10 years.