US communications company Verizon Communications has announced plans to invest US$100 million in a solar and fuel cell energy project which aims to generate enough electricity to power 19 of its facilities in the US.
As part of the project, Verizon has signed a multi-year agreement with PV project developer SunPower which will design, install and operate rooftop and ground-mounted PV systems as well as solar parking canopies at Verizon facilities in California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Arizona and North Carolina.
Installation of the solar power systems — which will generate approximately 8 million kWh of electricity every year — is scheduled to complete later this year.
“Verizon and SunPower share a commitment to quality and reliability, and SunPower looks forward to working together to meet Verizon's long-term renewable energy goals,” said Howard Wenger, SunPower’s president of regions. “With SunPower's energy services and high-efficiency systems, Verizon will benefit from clean, solar power generation and cost savings at their facilities.”
Verizon has also signed an agreement with ClearEdge Power, a manufacturer of scalable, distributed power systems, as part of the project.
Under the agreement, ClearEdge Power will install PureCell Model 400 fuel cell systems at Verizon sites in California, New Jersey and New York. The systems will generate more than 60 million kWh of electricity annually. Construction is scheduled to start “soon” and will continue throughout the year.
The solar and fuel cell project is in line with Verizon’s goal to reduce its carbon emissions by 50% by 2020.