Quick, grab that spot under the second solar panel

Summary:Tech giant Dell has just flipped the switch on a new 516-panel solar array and hybrid charging station in the parking lot of its headquarters, providing an alternative source of energy and a perk for employees.

Tech giant Dell has just flipped the switch on a new 516-panel solar array in the parking lot of its Round Rock, Texas, headquarters building.

The structure can generate about 130,000 kilowatt hours of solar power annually, and it will shade about 50 parking spots in the outdoor lot, which is a nice perk for employees on especially hot Texas days. The solar panels also will provide electricity for two hybrid charging stations that Dell has constructed for its employees.

Here's a photo of the lot as it appears on a Saturday morning. (I didn't want to inadvertently expose any employee license plates to the public view without their permission but you can see there are some folks working on this lovely Saturday. Go home, people!)

The project was handled by McBride Electric, Envision Solar and BP Solar. In case you have nothing better to do, you can peek at a real-time view of the lot at this link.

This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com

Topics: Innovation


Heather Clancy is an award-winning business journalist specializing in transformative technology and innovation. Her articles have appeared in Entrepreneur, Fortune Small Business, The International Herald Tribune and The New York Times. In a past corporate life, Heather was editor of Computer Reseller News. She started her journalism lif... Full Bio

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