MetLife Partners with DSD Renewables for 2.2 MW Solar and 510 kWh BESS Project at California Campus

Feb. 9, 2024
The four-building rooftop and car canopy solar project will generate more than 3.5 million kWh of clean energy each year – producing nearly 74% of Intersect’s energy usage onsite

Metlife Investment Management (MIM), on behalf of its owners PGGM and MetLife, has signed an agreement with DSD Renewables to install a 2.2 MW solar project and 510 kWh battery energy storage system (BESS) at its Intersect office – a creative campus-style office in Irvine, California.

“We recognize the role buildings and responsible real estate investing can play in improving workplaces and communities while positively impacting the environment,” said Jim Landau, Head of ESG, Real Estate, and Agriculture at MIM. “The Intersect solar project advances our commitment to supporting and financing solutions that drive progress toward a low-carbon economy, manage risk, and create sustainable investment returns.”

The four-building rooftop and car canopy solar project will generate more than 3.5 million kWh of clean energy each year – allowing nearly 74% of Intersect’s energy usage to be produced onsite. The complimenting BESS will store excess generated electricity and support the California grid by reducing peak demand.

The Intersect facility is a 454,000-square-foot campus with several amenities for tenants and local community members, such as urban gardens, wellness trails, sports courtyards, and music spaces.

“Installing solar on properties where it makes financial sense fits perfectly with PGGM’s focus on sustainable investment initiatives,” said Eugene Phillips, Investment Manager at PGGM. “A low-carbon building, with resulting tenant benefits, will attract tenants and make the office campus futureproof – and is also a building block in making our real estate portfolio more impactful.”

MIM purchased the property for $235 million in 2022 through a joint venture seeking to acquire differentiated office assets – such as creative, life sciences, and medical offices – throughout the US.

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Breanna Sandridge is senior editor for EnergyTech and Microgrid Knowledge, both part of the energy group at Endeavor Business Media.

Prior to that, Breanna was managing editor for Machinery Lubrication and Reliable Plant magazines, both part of Noria Corp. She has two years experience covering the industrial sector.

She also is a 2021 graduate of Northeastern State University (Oklahoma) with a Bachelor's in English.