The increase of our manufacturing operations in our Southern California locations has resulted in an increase in electricity needs to meet those demands. Our energy conservation efforts include using variable frequency drives, efficient air compressors and chillers, LED lighting, and state-of-the-art lighting controls. In addition, we were able to offset 25% of our annual electricity consumption by utilizing alternative energy sources, including solar panels and a cogeneration system.
In 2020, 25% of the electricity powering our Southern California facilities came from alternative energy sources.
Our utility grid consumption in 2020 decreased by 10% in comparison to 2019, despite 22% growth in our manufacturing and office space in Southern California and the Netherlands.
Applied Medical has installed a 2.94-megawatt (DC) solar system at its corporate headquarters, generating 4.17 million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually, which provides about 10.7% of our company’s total electricity needs on campus per year.
Our cogeneration system, utilized in one of our manufacturing facilities, generates 5.67 million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually to meet an additional 14.6% of our total electricity needs. In 2021, additional cogeneration systems will be installed in select Southern California facilities.