Verizon Launches Green Energy Project to Power 19 Company Facilities Across
Fuel Cells, Solar Systems Expected to Generate More Than 70 Million Kilowatt
Hours of Electricity -- Enough to Power More Than 6,000 Single-Family Houses
Annually and Eliminate More Than 10,000 Metric Tons of Carbon Dioxide
NEW YORK, April 30, 2013
NEW YORK, April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Verizon announced today that it will
invest $100 million in a solar and fuel-cell energy project that will help
power 19 of its facilities in seven states across the country. When completed
next year, the project will enable Verizon to annually generate more than 70
million kilowatt hours of its own green energy -- enough to power more than
6,000 single-family homes a year -- while eliminating more than 10,000 metric
tons of carbon dioxide -- enough to offset the annual CO2 emissions from more
than one million gallons of gas.
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The fuel cell and solar products will be installed at a variety of Verizon
buildings, including corporate offices, call centers, data centers and central
offices.This is the company's latest move toward reaching its goal of cutting
its carbon intensity -- carbon emissions produced per terabyte of data flowing
through its networks -- in half by 2020.
"This is a natural evolution of our sustainability efforts and of our use of
alternative energy to power a variety of our facilities," said James Gowen,
Verizon's chief sustainability officer. "These projects will reduce our carbon
footprint, relieve demand on the electrical grid and enhance the resiliency of
our proven service continuity -- even during outages."
Verizon will work with ClearEdge Power, a manufacturer of scalable,
distributed power systems, to 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 kilowatt hours of electricity and result in a
carbon reduction of approximately 6,000 metric tons per year.The installation
work, ClearEdge's largest single-user project to date, will begin soon and
continue throughout the year.
"We are delighted that Verizon has recognized the value our products and
experience can bring to their business operations," said David B. Wright,
ClearEdge Power president and CEO. "This is a very exciting partnership for
ClearEdge Power, and we are thrilled to be working with Verizon to help them
reach their ambitious sustainability goals."
Verizon has also signed a multiyear agreement with SunPower Corp. and is
negotiating the deployment of high-efficiency rooftop- and ground-mounted
solar photovoltaic systems as well as solar parking canopies at Verizon
facilities in California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Arizona and
North Carolina. The systems, which will generate approximately 8 million
kilowatt hours of electricity annually, are expected to be completed this year
and to reduce Verizon's annual carbon footprint by more than 5,000 metric tons
"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 president, regions.
"With SunPower's energy services and high-efficiency systems, Verizon will
benefit from clean, solar power generation and cost savings at their
A History of Sustainability
An early adopter of fuel cell technologies, Verizon currently operates one of
the largest fuel cell sites of its kind that helps power an environmentally
friendly call-switching center and office building in Garden City, N.Y.
Verizon also uses 26 solar-assisted cell sites in remote areas in the western
United States to help power the portion of the nation's largest and most
reliable wireless network serving those areas.
ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year
Verizon has long been focused on energy efficiency and instituting sustainable
real estate practices. Last month its efforts were recognized once again when
Verizon was named an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for its operation of 128
ENERGY STAR-certified Verizon Wireless stores.In addition, more than 130
Verizon Wireless retail stores nationwide have earned the U.S. Green Building
Council's LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification
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About ClearEdge Power
ClearEdge Power provides clean, dependable power systems that scale from 5kW
to multiple megawatts. As the most experienced fuel cell producer, ClearEdge
Power is transforming power generation with innovative solutions that help
customers reduce electricity bills, improve energy efficiency and reduce
carbon emissions. For more information, please visit www.clearedgepower.com.
SunPower Corp. (NASDAQ: SPWR) designs, manufactures and delivers the highest
efficiency, highest reliability solar panels and systems available today.
Residential, business, government and utility customers rely on the company's
quarter century of experience and guaranteed performance to provide maximum
return on investment throughout the life of the solar system. Headquartered in
San Jose, Calif., SunPower has offices in North America, Europe, Australia and
Asia. For more information, visit www.sunpowercorp.com.
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