The increase of our manufacturing operations in our Southern California locations has resulted in an increase in electricity needs to meet those demands. Through our energy conservation efforts, we are able to offset 30% of our annual electricity consumption by utilizing renewable and high-efficiency energy sources, including solar panels, a cogeneration system and a fuel cell system.
In 2018, 30% of the electricity powering our Southern California facilities came from alternative energy sources.
Our local utility grid energy consumption per square foot decreased by 37% from 2013 to 2018, despite 57% growth in our manufacturing and office space during the same time period.
Applied Medical has installed a 2.94-megawatt (DC) solar system at its corporate headquarters, generating 4.15 million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually, which provides about 11% of our company’s total electricity needs on campus per year.
Our cogeneration system, utilized in one of our manufacturing facilities, generates 5.18 million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually to meet an additional 14% of our total electricity needs.
Applied Medical utilizes a fuel cell system that converts natural gas into electricity and generates 1.91 million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually to help lower our dependency on local grid electricity usage by 5%. In the future, we will replace the fuel cells with an additional cogeneration system to increase our production of alternative energy.