SunPower will install a 1.6-MW solar project on Sony Pictures Entertainment’s historic studio lot in Culver City, California. Combined with the lot’s existing solar capacity, a total of 1.83 MW of solar will account for approximately 8.5% of the studio lot’s electricity use.
“Sony Pictures has long prioritized sustainability to reduce our environmental impact, while delivering the creative, entertaining content we’re recognized for around the world,” said Craig Schwartz, EVP of global real estate for facilities and SEHS, Sony Pictures Entertainment. “We look forward to integrating SunPower’s solar technology into our energy portfolio as we work toward our sustainability goals.”
As a RE100 member, Sony Group Companies is committed to reaching 100% renewable power. Efforts to go solar also contribute toward parent-company Sony Corporation’s Road to Zero, a global environmental plan that aims to achieve a zero environmental footprint by the year 2050.
SunPower designed and is installing complete rooftop solar solutions across eight Sony Pictures sound stages, including Stage 30 which is best known for its massive 90-by-100-ft water tank and where iconic productions like TriStar Pictures’ Hook and Columbia Pictures hits Spider-Man II, Men in Black II and The Amazing Spider-Man were filmed. Solar project construction is expected to begin later this month and reach full operation in early 2020.
“We commend Sony Pictures for its sustainability leadership within the entertainment industry,” said Nam Nguyen, SunPower executive vice president of commercial solar. “SunPower’s energy solutions are designed to deliver reliable, clean electricity, and as the leader in U.S. commercial solar, we look forward to supporting Sony Pictures in its renewable energy efforts for years to come.”
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