Solar energy is good for business. That’s why companies are making significant investments in solar systems. In the past few years, Texas has had three large employer’s who have upgraded their facilities to add solar to the mix of energy sources they currently use.
International shipping giant FedEx recently completed a large solar installation at their plant in Hutchins, Texas. The solar panel system is comprised of over 4,500 photovoltaic panels and will produce about 20% of the electricity need by the facility. It currently covers half of the available roof space of the warehouse. The company used incentives offered by their service provider, Oncor, and government incentives, too, in completing the project. This facility, south of Dallas, joins FedEx locations in New York, New Jersey and California in utilizing solar power.
Campbell Soup is developing a variety of sustainable energy projects for their facilities throughout the United States, including their location in Paris, Texas. The Paris plant will add both wind and solar electricity to their energy plan. The company is going solar at their world headquarters in Camden, New Jersey, too. That solar array will be the largest in the city, producing over 5 million kw hours annually. The system is designed to generate approximately 20 of the power needed by the corporate headquarters.
The most recent, and most ambitious, corporate solar energy project in Texas is at the new Toyota Headquarters in Plano. In partnership with SunPower, they just brought the largest solar array in the state on line. Made up of over 20,000 panels, it represents a one-billion-dollar commitment by Toyota. This project is part of Toyota’s plan to use only sustainable energy. To accomplish that goal, the facility will supplement the electricity produced by the solar array by purchasing wind generated power.
Large business facilities are more committed to sustainability than ever before. Expect to see more facilities of all kinds add more solar, wind and biofuel capability in 2018 and beyond. There are two important reasons that companies like FedEx, Campbell Soup and Toyota are committed to using sustainable resources.
- It makes a positive impact on their bottom line. By making an up-front investment, they can predict their energy costs better because they have more control.
- Working toward a cleaner environment creates better relationships with the surrounding community, employees, investors and other stakeholders.
These are the same reasons that most homeowner decide to invest in residential solar energy systems. Are you ready to take control of your energy costs and contribute to a cleaner environment?