Commercial, Solar - September 22, 2020
Anthem covers office and data center energy with solar
Anthem announced Sept. 18 that they have entered into a 15-year PPA with a 20 MW solar project in Hanover County, Va., that will help them achieve their goal of sourcing 100% renewable energy by 2025.
The agreement was completed with SunEnergy1 and the solar field is expected to be fully operational by late 2020. Anthem’s involvement with this project follows another solar project in North Carolina coming online in early 2021, both of which are expected to generate a combined 225,000 MWh of electricity annually.
“As we enter Climate Week, we’re celebrating an important step forward in achieving our renewable energy goal and are proud that Virginia is playing a large role as we increasingly focus on improving the sustainability of our operations and our business,” Jeff Ricketts, president, Anthem Blue and Blue Shield in Virginia, said in a statement. “By addressing environmental health, we can improve lives and the health of communities in our state and across the country and set the example for others to follow.”
The Virginia and North Carolina solar projects should generate enough electricity to cover all the Anthem offices and data centers across the country. These particular locations were chosen because of their proximity to the grid zones where Anthem has the highest material load, including their major office use and data center footprint.