Commercial, Solar - May 25, 2023
Verizon’s Adds New Solar from Indiana
Verizon, a telecom provider, will use solar from a new farm in Indiana.
The solar farm is expected to offset the equivalent of 202,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually while furthering Verizon’s goal of being carbon neutral in its Scope 1 and 2 operations by 2035.
The company signed a virtual power purchase agreement with Lightsource bp for its 152.5-megawatt ac / 173-megawatt dc Bellflower Solar project, located about 40 miles east of Indianapolis in Henry and Rush Counties.
Bellflower Solar was developed and financed by Lightsource bp, who will own and operate the solar farm.
"Verizon is committed to protecting our planet by supporting the production of renewable energy and the transition to a greener U.S. energy grid,” said James Gowen, SVP of global supply chain and sourcing, and chief sustainability officer at Verizon, in a statement. “The renewable energy produced by the Bellflower Solar project will help us achieve net zero operational emissions by 2035.”
SOLV Energy was the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractor for the project, including the installation of 377,000+ ultra-low carbon solar panels manufactured by Arizona-based First Solar and smart solar trackers manufactured by New Mexico-based Array Technologies.
The solar farm is participating in a research study measuring the ecological benefits of pollinator habitat at utility-scale solar. The research team comprises the University of Illinois Chicago, the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, the Argonne National Laboratory, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
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