UPS will invest $18 million to add roughly 10 megawatts of solar power across eight of its facilities across the US by the end of 2017. The solar arrays, which will be owned by UPS, are expected to produce 50 percent of the daily energy needs for each building. Consisting of more than 26,000 photovoltaic solar panels, the installations’ combined output is expected to reduce carbon emissions by almost 8,200 metric tons per year.
“Solar technology is a proven way to effectively and efficiently provide long-term power to our facilities,” said Bill Moir, director of Facilities Procurement, UPS. “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.”
The company has more than 2,580 facilities around the world and expects to expand its investment in renewable energy sources, deploying additional solar installations in the near future. UPS plans to own its solar portfolio rather than lease it to give it more flexibility in integrating solar and energy efficiency into the design of new and old facilities, the company said.
Many companies with large distributed infrastructure are getting into renewable energy. Similar to UPS, furniture producer and retail giant Ikea has invested $1.1 billion into expanding its worldwide renewable energy portfolio since 2009. The company already owns and operates 314 offsite wind turbines and more than 700,000 solar panels are installed on its buildings. Ikea plans to produce as much electricity as it uses from solar and wind by 2020.
UPS competitor, FedEx also has lessened its carbon footprint and had installed rooftop solar on 15 of its distribution facilities throughout the US by the end of 2015. That move allowed FedEx to save the environment more than 4,600 metric tons of CO2 emissions annually.
UPS continues to improve its sustainability efforts by evaluating and adapting its distribution options by determining which delivery vehicles work most efficiently in rural and urban environments. Since 2009, UPS has invested over $750 million to integrate 8,100 renewable natural gas, propane, hybrid vehicles and alternative fuel fueling stations into its fleet.Tweet