Construction has commenced on a new PV system that will generate power for US communication company Verizon’s headquarters in Garden City, New York.
The installation will see the placement of over 7,000 SunPower solar panels on top of the building, which already produces 6,000,000kWh thanks to a fuel-cell system constructed in 2005.
The solar panels were delivered to the site in late September and were added onto three different roofs that connect Verizon’s building. The project will be constructed over 2.4 hectares of rooftop space.
Upon completion of the installation, which is expected to be installed by the end of this year, Verizon will maintain more than 6.7MW of green energy in New York. Verizon’s total green energy output in New York will help offset 4,600 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.
Leecia Eve, vice president of state government affairs for Verizon New York, said: “From the investments we make in our networks, to the philanthropic and nonprofits we support, to strategically smart on-site green energy projects such as this one in Garden City and elsewhere, Verizon is improving the quality of life in the communities we serve in New York. Verizon's investments in and commitment to New York are helping to position the state to compete and to continue to move forward economically.”