A new trend is developing in the corporate world, at least for some forward thinking companies that choose to make a difference for climate change with their own clean energy contribution. These companies are starting to work with third party entities to find solar and wind energy solutions to help them continue to lower their dirty energy footprint. The latest such company is Cisco which is working with NRG Renew.
NRG Renew LLC will convert its NRG Solar Blythe II location, which is a 153-acre parcel that has been under development by NRG since 2010, into a solar installation that will help Cisco reach its goal of using renewable sources for at least 25 percent of its electricity needs by 2017. The project is scheduled to begin commercial operation by the end of 2016.
Ali Ahmed, Global Energy and Sustainability Leader, Cisco commented on the project:
Enabling a diverse energy supply through low-carbon and renewable sources is key to meeting Cisco’s energy goals set forth in 2013. We thoroughly vetted potential solutions to help us realize our sustainability goals and are thrilled to collaborate with NRG to source renewable energy and increase our use of solar power. We look forward to exploring new, innovative ways to green the power we use.
Electricity generated by the solar installation will be sold to Cisco under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA), increasing Cisco headquarters’ total use of clean, emission-free electricity.
About the choice of location for the solar farm.
Located in the Sonoran Desert near the Arizona and California border, the NRG Solar Blythe II location receives plentiful sunshine: For nearly half the year, average temperatures reach 90°F or higher.1 The photovoltaic technology to be installed on-site requires no fuel and minimal water. The amount of emission-free energy generated is expected to be equivalent to the power needed to serve more than 14,000 homes and to prevent more than 102,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere annually, which is the equivalent of removing more than 21,000 cars from the road. During the construction period, the project is anticipated to create approximately 200 jobs.
NRG and NRG Renew have already announced partnerships with several leading companies, including Unilever and Kaiser Permanente, to develop clean energy solutions. In addition, NRG has solar projects that are recently completed or under construction at MGM Resorts International, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., Levi’s Stadium and the AmericanAirlines Arena home of the Miami HEAT, along with community solar projects in California, Colorado and Vermont.
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