SOURCE: Plantronics, Inc.

Plantronics, Inc.

June 17, 2011 15:00 ET

Plantronics Celebrates National SolarDay

June 18 is National SolarDay for 2011

SANTA CRUZ, CA--(Marketwire - Jun 17, 2011) - Plantronics (NYSE: PLT) today announced that its headquartered office has the largest solar and sun tube installation in the Santa Cruz County, to date. This new solar installment will save approximately 575,000 kilowatt hours of energy on an annual basis. To celebrate National SolarDay and the achievement of this major energy milestone, the company invites guests and media to tour the eco-friendly facility in the coming weeks and ask questions about Plantronics energy-saving initiatives.

The Plantronics Santa Cruz facility has more than 500 employees and continues to invest in environmental friendly initiatives such as installing over 340 solar tubes throughout the office cubicles to collect and redirect sun light and provide more natural light in the office, therefore reducing the power consumption throughout the building. This solar system was fully implemented in late May and is expected to offset upwards of 80 percent of its utility bill.

"On the heels of our 50th company anniversary, we are thrilled to celebrate National SolarDay this year and share the details of our solar system initiative," said Dolores Nelson, Director of Facilities for Plantronics. "With the backing of U.S. Congresswoman Doris Matsuai and California Senator Dianne Feinstein, SolarDay 2011 is a day meant to educate the public on the benefits of solar energy and cost savings. Plantronics is taking the necessary steps to become a more sustainable company for its employees and the citizens of Santa Cruz County and we thank those who have been supportive of our actions and future plans."

In the Santa Cruz and Mexico facilities, Plantronics has implemented the following programs and results:

Santa Cruz - Solar System, Recycling and Water Usage:

  • The new solar system size is 608,090 W (i.e. 608 kW), resulting in a new combined system of 870,590 W (i.e. 871 kW)
  • The recycling program has reduced truck pickups from seven times per month down to just 1.5 times per month. The company recycles all cardboard, small batteries, fluorescent tubes and e-waste.
  • The company installed WeatherTRAK controls (smart irrigation based on local satellite data) for watering its landscape, including drought-tolerant plants, saving approximately 250,000 gallons of water per year. Additionally, the company saves about 300,000 gallons of water per year with the use of waterless urinals. In total, a savings of 550,000 gallons of water is saved on an annual basis.

Mexico - Recycling:

  • The Mexico facility recycles on average more than 2.5 million pounds of material (cardboard, plastics, cables and components) annually.
  • In total, between the Santa Cruz and Mexico facilities, the company has recycled more than three million pounds of material, annually.

About Plantronics
Plantronics is a global leader in audio communications for businesses and consumers. We have pioneered new trends in audio technology for 50 years, creating innovative products that allow people to simply communicate. From Unified Communication solutions to Bluetooth headsets, we deliver uncompromising quality, an ideal experience, and extraordinary service. Plantronics is used by every company in the Fortune 100, as well as 911 dispatch, air traffic control and the New York Stock Exchange. For more information, please visit www.plantronics.com or call (800) 544-4660.

Plantronics is a registered trademark of Plantronics, Inc. The Bluetooth trademark is owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of the mark by Plantronics, Inc. is under license

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