In 2014, we made the commitment to reduce our environmental impact by aiming to derive the majority of our energy from renewable sources. In 2017, we completed installation of a solar farm and, since then, we have offset approximately 80% of our energy use via clean, sustainable solar power.
Eighty percent is terrific, but 100% (or more) is better! So five years after our initial commitment, we dedicated additional square footage of our property to expand the solar panel footprint by approximately 50%. When complete, we should be able to achieve 100% sustainable energy, provide capacity for our business to grow without increasing our carbon footprint, and, when the California sun shines, generate more energy than we use, putting green energy back into the grid.
We are proud to make this substantial, long-term investment in the well-being of our local community, which should allow us to support the research community sustainably for decades to come!