UPS has unveiled its plans to escalate its investment in solar energy beginning with at least eight of its facilities in the USA. The expanded solar portfolio is expected to reduce carbon emissions by approximately 8,200 metric tons per year.
The US$18m investment will provide close to 10MW of energy, a five-fold increase in the amount of power generated from solar at UPS facilities today. UPS will purchase more than 26,000 solar panels during the expansion and once installed, each building will effectively produce 50% of its daily energy use via solar energy. The installations are scheduled for completion by the end of 2017.
Bill Moir, director of Facilities Procurement, UPS, said, “Solar technology is a proven way to effectively and efficiently provide long-term power to our facilities. We have a significant number of facilities that are well positioned to deploy solar at scale and increase our sustainable energy options for our buildings and electric vehicles.”
With more than 2,580 UPS facilities worldwide, the carrier is ideally positioned to expand its investment in renewable energy and expects additional solar deployments to occur over the next several years.
February 10, 2017