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Tustin-based Ricoh Electronics goes green

The firm is installing a solar energy system at its headquarters.

BY Amanda MolinaroPublished: November 11, 2010 02:20 PM

Ricoh Electronics has partnered with Novato-based SPG Solar to install a rooftop solar energy system at its Tustin headquarters. The move is part of Ricoh Electronics' overall green efforts.

The platform is expected to reduce the building's carbon dioxide emissions by up to 98.1 metric tons per year. It will supply 10 percent of the building's electricity and will save the company more than $56,000 annually.

“Installation of this system is a natural extension of Ricoh’s continued focus on developing and implementing environmental protection activities that lead to prevention of pollution and more efficient use of resources,” said Yoshinori Yamashita, president of Ricoh Electronics.

The electronics firm is a unit of Ricoh Americas Corp. and makes digital copiers, peripherals, printed circuit boards and other products. Ricoh Electronics achieved zero waste to landfill status in 2001, and its employees also take part in a number of sustainability initiatives.

“It is commendable that Ricoh Electronics Inc. has continued their commitment to building such a sizable system,” said Tom Rooney, CEO and president of SPG Solar, which specializes in solar projects for large, government and public energy users.

The project is expected to be completed early next year.

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