DAVIS, Calif. — Fortinet has flipped the switch on a 900 kW solar electric system which blankets its Santa Clara, California, corporate campus. The company’s commitment to sustainable business practices is now exhibited with the installation of this solar energy system which covers two rooftops and three parking lots.

“Our dedication to on-site green energy improves the quality of life in the communities where we operate,” said Drew Del Matto, CFO of Fortinet. “By leveraging the proven business case for distributed generation and solar for business our commitment to solar energy is making progress towards Fortinet’s goal of using renewable energy, creating sustainable operations, and establishing ourselves in the Bay Area as a trendsetter to encourage other businesses to go green.”

Fortinet contracted with Blue Oak Energy to design and install this campus solar carport and rooftop project. The new distributed solar energy facility is comprised of 3,148 Canadian Solar modules, located on rooftop and parking-structure locations. In addition to generating clean energy onsite, the parking canopies offer shade and cooling to the staff’s vehicles during daytime work hours.

The Fortinet campus solar project was managed by FaciliCorp, a San Jose, California-based project management firm. Megan Lovelace of FaciliCorp said, “Blue Oak Energy delivered this project with the professional expertise and personal attention the client was seeking. This active corporate campus required the professional care and attention to detail that Blue Oak offered. We could not be more pleased.”

“We are thrilled to have delivered this landmark campus solar project,” said Tobin Booth, CEO of Blue Oak Energy. “This commercial solar energy carport and commercial solar rooftop project will generate power economically for Fortinet’s campus over the next 30 years. We are delighted to have been selected to deliver this project and we are enthused to continue operating and maintaining this site going forward.”

Blue Oak said that, to date, it has delivered solar electric systems to over 600 locations across more than 30 states totaling more than 780 MW.

For more information, visit www.blueoakenergy.com.

Publication date: 11/17/2014

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