This year, Verizon will install 10.2 MW of new solar power systems at eight of its network facilities in five states – California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York. Verizon has contracted with SunPower Corp. to design and install all of the solar systems.
With the new solar investment announcement, Verizon is on target to deploy upwards of 25 MW of renewables upon completion of the new solar projects. According to Verizon, ‘the new equipment, consisting of high-efficiency rooftop, parking-structure and ground-mounted solar PV systems, will vary from site to site.’
Currently, the company has deployed 14.2 MW of on-site green energy using a combination of fuel cells and solar power systems at its data centers. Verizon also uses 26 solar-assisted cell sites in remote areas in the western U.S.
‘By almost doubling the amount of renewable solar energy we're using, we are making further progress toward Verizon's goal of cutting our carbon intensity in half by 2020, in part, by leveraging the proven business case for clean energy alternatives to the commercial power grid,’ says James Gowen, Verizon's chief sustainability officer.