WASHINGTON — Verizon Communications Inc. has announced plans to nearly double its capacity to generate clean, reliable, affordable solar energy. This year, Verizon will install 10.2 MW of new solar systems at eight Verizon facilities located in five states, including California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York.

“This is a significant investment by Verizon, which will provide a boost to the economy as well as the environment,” said Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). “Long a world leader in telecommunications services, Verizon is quickly becoming a leader in the deployment of green energy, too. When these projects are completed, Verizon will have nearly 16 MW of installed solar capacity, ranking it among the top 10 companies in the United States. We commend Verizon on its commitment to the environment and doing what’s best for current and future customers.”

SEIA board member company SunPower Corp., which is based in San Jose, California, will design and install all of Verizon’s new solar systems. According to Verizon, “the new equipment, consisting of high-efficiency rooftop, parking-structure, and ground-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, will vary from site to site.”

Today, solar is the fastest-growing source of renewable energy in the United States, employing 143,000 Americans and pumping $15 billion a year into the U.S. economy while helping to reduce pollution.

Publication date: 9/1/2014

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