Current, powered by GE, has been expanding its investment in renewable energies such as solar and wind. The company released that it is constructing 13 solar projects, including solar carports and ground-mounted solar arrays, in six states in northeastern U.S., totaling capacity of 17MW.
Current announced in mid-2016 that the company’s solar installations at GE’s facilities across the U.S. saves about 10% power consumption for the company’s operation, and will cut nearly US$70 million electricity bill over the projects’ 20-year lifetime. Current offers distributed and centralized solar solutions for its customers as well.
“The clean energy movement continues to surge ahead, and businesses all over the Northeast are leading the charge, including right here at GE,” said Erik Schiemann, General Manager of Solar at Current. “Smart companies are realizing that solar isn’t just good for the environment, but it can help their bottom lines too.”
The 17MW solar projects under construction include 9.4MW of onsite solar power across eight different GE facilities throughout the region. These projects will help reach a total savings of over US$13.8 million.
Other outside customer projects include:
Partners Healthcare’s Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Cape Cod in Sandwich, MA, will debut a 1.1 MW carport and ground-mount installation that will produce the equivalent of 70 percent of the hospital’s electricity consumption. The healthcare leader is also installing two carports at its Newton-Wellesley Hospital facility, which will save more than $4.4 million in energy costs.
Life care provider Seabury has installed solar ground-mount solutions to save more than $600,000 at its Life Plan community in Bloomfield, CT.
Smith & Wesson’s new 2.6 MW solar carport project at its Springfield, MA, industrial facility will provide approximately 10 percent of the site’s energy needs and offers a lifetime savings estimated at $2.8 million. The site also upgraded its lighting to more efficient LEDs from Current, further reducing energy consumption and energy costs.
The Town of Wallkill, NY commissioned a 2.4 MW solar plant on a capped landfill, which will provide more than $2 million in savings. (As the top photo shows.)