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Adobe’s Energy Conservation Efforts Take a New Turn

Monday, March 15, 2010 01:40 PM

20 Windspire Wind Turbines Create Renewable Energy at Silicon Valley Headquarters

SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) and Mariah Power ( today announced Adobe has completed the installation of 20 Windspire® wind turbines at its San Jose, Calif., campus, marking the company’s first renewable energy installation. Adobe is a recognized leader for its green building efforts, which have earned it the U.S. Green Building Council’s highest accolade for green practices. Adobe is the first commercial office building to receive the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design LEED®-EB Platinum certification for its San Jose headquarters and the world’s first commercial enterprise to achieve a total of four Platinum certifications under the LEED program.

The new Windspires are located on Adobe’s sixth–floor patio, which doubles as a rooftop garden and recreational area above an office parking garage. The patio sits between Adobe’s three office towers, which create a wind tunnel effect from sustained winds off the Pacific Ocean.

Each Windspire is 30 feet tall, 4 feet wide and weighs 650 pounds. The propeller-free, vertical-axis wind turbine can harness wind power in urban, suburban and rural locations. Adobe selected the Windspire for its powerful, sleek, quiet and aesthetically pleasing design.

“With the installation of the Windspires, we’re adding renewable energy to a long list of green measures Adobe has taken to lessen our environmental impact,” said Randall H. Knox, III, senior director, Global Workplace Solutions, Adobe. “We’ll continue to seek innovative green technology solutions to reduce our energy dependence and inspire others to go green.”

“We feel honored to be included in Adobe's effort to reduce their impact on the environment,” said Walt Borland, president and chief executive officer of Windspire developer Mariah Power. “The presence of these advanced wind turbines in San Jose will give Adobe's employees and the greater community an opportunity to experience firsthand our ability to leverage the power of the wind.”

Since 2001, Adobe has saved approximately $6.7 million as a result of its energy and sustainability efforts which include projects such as energy-efficient lighting, real-time water meters for landscaping and an intelligent control system to help monitor building efficiencies.

About Adobe Systems Incorporated

Adobe revolutionizes how the world engages with ideas and information – anytime, anywhere and through any medium. For more information, visit

About Windspire

Windspire wind turbines are low-cost, low-noise, attractive wind power generators for use with residential, business, and commercial buildings. Manufactured in the U.S., the Windspire wind turbine is a 30-foot tall, propeller-free, vertical-axis wind turbine designed for harnessing wind power in urban, suburban and rural locations. Windspire’s patented technology maximizes energy conversion from wind into electric power, regardless of changing wind speed and direction. For more information, visit

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