Bishop Ranch broke ground Monday on a new rooftop and canopy solar installation project that company officials say will offset the San Ramon business park’s energy usage by 90%.

With the overall goal of converting all of its campus power usage to 100% renewable energy, Bishop Ranch officials say the new rooftop system in combination with its solar installations at City Center will produce an estimated 4,771 MWh/year, which amounts to 3,374 metric tons of CO2 emissions avoided — the equivalent of taking more than 700 cars off the road or planting over 55,000 trees.

“With substantial investments in innovative new technologies like this portfolio of solar energy systems, Bishop Ranch is redefining the concept of sustainable business practices,” said Ben Jones, canopy team leader and director of engineering for Distributed Solar Development (DSD). “By working closely with their architectural partners, we were able to design solutions that align beautifully with Bishop Ranch’s existing architecture and aesthetic. It has been a true team effort, and everyone involved is extremely proud of the result.”