Kilroy Realty Announces New Onsite Solar Projects in California
Kilroy Realty’s Solar Portfolio Increases to Six Megawatts with Three Solar Projects Energized in San Diego and San Francisco
LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kilroy Realty Corporation (NYSE: KRC, the “company”, “Kilroy”) announced today that it has completed three onsite solar installations at 2100 Kettner and 9455 Towne Centre Drive in San Diego and Kilroy Oyster Point – Phase 1 in South San Francisco. With these systems energized, Kilroy now hosts over six megawatts of solar spanning across 13 assets, demonstrating Kilroy’s continued commitment to scaling its renewable energy installations throughout its California portfolio.
The additional supply of clean solar electricity from these projects extends Kilroy’s position as a sustainability leader and advances the company’s efforts to champion sustainability initiatives that address the critical global challenge of climate change.
“Installing onsite solar is a critical tool for Kilroy as we work to decarbonize the built environment, allowing us to generate clean energy onsite, deliver long-term value to Kilroy, our tenants and our shareholders, as well as provide a visible demonstration of our commitment to sustainability,” said Sarah King, Kilroy’s Senior Vice President, Sustainability.
The solar projects are installed behind the meter, allowing the solar energy generated to be used onsite, reducing the buildings’ electrical grid demand to optimize building efficiency while benefiting Kilroy’s tenants. The projects are owned and operated by Stronghold Engineering and Lamb Energy, and the deals were facilitated by Black Bear Energy.
“Stronghold is proud to be a part of Kilroy’s continuing efforts to embrace renewable energy,” declared Beverly Bailey, Stronghold’s President & CEO. “Along with helping to conserve natural resources, this project delivers real value to the client. It is a ‘win’ for all parties, and we are ecstatic to see companies like Kilroy lead the way in utilizing these technologies.”
“Kilroy is the leader in the industry when it comes to all things sustainability, and it is an honor to continue to work with them to build out solar on their new developments. Installing onsite solar remains one of the most value accretive options for REITs in their pursuit of net zero,” commented Drew Torbin, Black Bear Energy’s Chief Executive Officer.
About Kilroy Realty Corporation
Kilroy Realty Corporation (NYSE: KRC, the “company”, “Kilroy”) is a leading U.S. landlord and developer, with operations in San Diego, Greater Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, the Pacific Northwest and Austin, Texas. The company has earned global recognition for sustainability, building operations, innovation and design. As pioneers and innovators in the creation of a more sustainable real estate industry, the company’s approach to modern business environments helps drive creativity and productivity for some of the world’s leading technology, entertainment, life science and business services companies.
The company is a publicly traded real estate investment trust (“REIT”) and member of the S&P MidCap 400 Index with more than seven decades of experience developing, acquiring and managing office, life science and mixed-use projects.
As of March 31, 2022, Kilroy’s stabilized portfolio totaled approximately 15.2 million square feet of primarily office and life science space that was 91.3% occupied and 93.1% leased. The company also had more than 1,000 residential units in Hollywood and San Diego, which had a quarterly average occupancy of 93.7%. In addition, the company had three in-process life science redevelopment projects with total estimated redevelopment costs of $115.0 million, totaling 330,000 square feet, and five in-process development projects with an estimated total investment of $2.2 billion, totaling approximately 2.6 million square feet of office and life science space. The in-process development and redevelopment office and life science space was 51% leased.
A Leader in Sustainability and Commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility
The company is listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and has been recognized by industry organizations around the world. The company’s office portfolio was 72% LEED certified and 38% Fitwel certified, and 78% of eligible properties were ENERGY STAR certified as of March 31, 2022.
The company has been recognized by GRESB as the listed sustainability leader in the Americas for eight of the last nine years. Other honors have included the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trust’s (NAREIT) Leader in the Light award for eight consecutive years and ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for nine years as well as ENERGY STAR’s highest honor of Sustained Excellence, for the past seven years.
A big part of the company’s foundation is its commitment to enhancing employee growth, satisfaction and wellness while maintaining a diverse and thriving culture. For the third year in a row, the company has been named to Bloomberg’s Gender Equality Index—recognizing companies committed to supporting gender equality through policy development, representation, and transparency.
More Information is available at http://www.kilroyrealty.com.
About Stronghold Engineering
Stronghold Engineering, Inc. is an ENR ranked, award-winning design and construction firm specializing in renowned projects for some of the nation’s largest organizations. Throughout the firm’s 30-year history, they have designed and constructed a wide array of technically challenging projects including high-profile ground up facilities, historic renovations, significant seismic upgrades, and large power generation systems deriving from both renewable and non-renewable sources. Stronghold has also performed considerable work in the civil, electrical, and infrastructure fields, with total projects exceeding $2.5 billion in construction cost.
More Information is available at www.strongholdengineering.com.
About Black Bear Energy
Black Bear Energy is a technology-enabled, commercial buyer’s representative specializing in onsite renewable energy and cleantech services. In the past five years, Black Bear has helped its clients bid out over 1,000 clean technology projects in more than 20 states through its data driven process.
More Information is available at www.blackbearenergy.com.
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Senior Vice President, Sustainability