3M, Cisco, Kimberly-Clark Offer Employees Discounts on Solar

September 19, 2014 By Linda Hardesty

Cisco energy manageA number of businesses, low-income housing authorities, and communities have made the following commitments to increase onsite solar generation, according to a White House announcement.

Cisco Systems commits to increase its onsite solar capacity to 2.7 MW worldwide by 2015.

Becton, Dickinson and Company commits to add a 630 kW solar installation at its Cayey, Puerto Rico manufacturing facility and is evaluating proposals for an additional 5 MW of ground-based solar installations in Puerto Rico, Connecticut and New Jersey in addition to an existing 1 MW installation in North Carolina.

3M, Cisco Systems and Kimberly-Clark and some others are committing to provide a significant discount on solar to their employees that will result in the addition of 1,000 systems, or 5 MW, of solar across their aggregate employee base in North America by 2016. Working with the World Wildlife Fund, the companies leveraged their bulk purchasing power to competitively select Geostellar, which has received two DOE SunShot Initiative grants to reduce costs and streamline the process for homeowners who install solar.

Public Housing Authorities in Massachusetts have signed agreements totaling over 13 megawatts of solar virtual net metering credits, with plans to sign 27 MW more in the very short term.

The District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA) commits to identifying solar opportunities at 20 different sites in its portfolio for a cumulative installed capacity of 962 kW.

The City of Beaverton, Ore., commits to constructing a 433 kW solar panel power system on top of an underground, city-owned, 15 million-gallon water reservoir. The solar power produced will be used by the city’s water pumping station, the city’s largest facility in terms of electricity use.

Montgomery County, Md., commits to installing 6 MW of solar photovoltaic systems on more than 17 public facilities before the end of 2016.

The City of Charlottesville, Va., commits to install more than 250 kW of solar by the end of 2015.

Jackson Family Wines, Calif., is committing to installing 6.5MW of solar at locations throughout California, including the Kendall-Jackson, La Crema, Cambria, Stonestreet, Carmel Road, Murphy-Goode and Hartford wineries by 2016.

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