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“We are committed to pursuing innovative renewable energy solutions in terms of their environmental benefit. This includes on-site generation of renewable energy from solar, which we are implementing or pursuing across a number of our global sites. Our goal for these projects is to generate our own renewable energy, and when possible, provide any excess energy production to the local electricity grid.”

–Rob Painter CEO of Trimble

If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that our planet needs a little more sunshine – not only in our lives but also in our energy sources. But there’s an elephant in the room when it comes to big projects; installing the massive amount of solar panels required to decarbonize Colorado is no small feat. That only motivated Trimble to work with Namaste Solar to innovate a space-saving solution to power Trimble’s entire Westminster campus. These two dynamic companies are here to show us how to transform unused space into a renewable energy powerhouse.

The Power Couple: Namaste Solar and Trimble

There’s no question that complementary strengths and vision lead to powerful partnerships, and Trimble and Namaste Solar are shining examples. Trimble brought its history of leadership in the built environment and audacious energy goals, while Namaste Solar, an employee-owned, vertically integrated solar energy company, brought a wealth of experience and on-the-ground Colorado knowledge. Together, they embarked on a journey to craft a unique solution that would not only fulfill Trimble’s energy needs but also set a new benchmark for creatively using space to generate more renewable energy.

The Solution: Use Carports to Maximize Space

The Trimble project provided a 4.4-acre canvas for Namaste Solar to paint a picture of a carbon-free campus that gives back to the community. Here’s where the magic happened. Combining ground-mounted solar arrays with raised structures that housed solar panels. These structures double as carports, providing shade and protection to employees and visitors alike. There’s nothing quite like having your cake and eating it too, except the cake is clean energy. Additionally, the structures house 49 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations powered entirely by the solar panels.

The Impact: Energy, Savings, and Sustainability

“We applaud Trimble’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint by investing in clean renewable solar energy,” said Rachel Mountain, Co-owner and Director of Commercial and Industrial Sales at Namaste Solar. “In the face of climate change and rising energy costs, Trimble serves as an inspiration for businesses to source high-quality renewable energy. Not only does this project advance Trimble’s clean energy goals, but it will also drive local economic growth and support over 50 good-paying green jobs in our community.”

The numbers behind this project are beyond impressive. The system boasts a whopping capacity to generate an estimated 2,570,000 kilowatt hours annually. To put that into perspective, it’s equivalent to offsetting the consumption of roughly 3,500 barrels of oil. By reducing strain on the grid during peak energy demand, this solar marvel plays a pivotal role in minimizing Trimble’s reliance on traditional energy sources and establishing itself as a leader in corporate sustainability.

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