At a dedication event held today, Cox Enterprises announced the completion of solar projects at its Cox Communications facility in Las Vegas and its Manheim Nevada facility in North Las Vegas. Combined, the solar installations annually prevent more than 1,700 tons of carbon from entering the environment. The installations produce 1,523 kW of clean energy, equivalent to the amount needed to power 238 homes.
Cox Enterprises launched its national Cox Conserves program in 2007 and has invested more than $100 million in sustainability and conservation initiatives since that time. Through these investments, the company has prevented 65,000 tons of carbon from entering the environment, diverted 6,000 tons of waste from landfill and conserved 55 million gallons of water. The company recently committed to invest $25 million in sustainable companies and technologies by 2020.
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Located at the company’s Las Vegas data center, the Cox Communications project is a 427kW ground mount installation that powers 65 percent of the building. The installation produces the amount of energy needed to power 65 homes and prevents 486 tons of carbon from entering the environment.
“I’m proud that we are harnessing the sun’s power to create clean energy in Nevada,” said Michael F. Bolognini, vice president and market leader, Cox Communications of Las Vegas. “We understand the importance of thinking globally and acting locally. This is a great example of how a local project can have an impact on the environment, something we all share.”
In addition to the solar project, Cox Communications has a robust waste management program at its Las Vegas facilities. In 2015 alone, the program diverted nearly 105 tons of waste from local landfills.
According to Green Fleet magazine, Cox Enterprises has one of the nation’s largest and greenest fleets. Many of the vehicles are utilized by Cox Communications’ field service technicians.
Manheim Nevada’s ground mount array is 1096kW, produces 62 percent of the facility’s energy and prevents 1,270 tons of carbon from entering the environment.
“At Manheim, we know that efficiency is key to success in business,” said Manheim Nevada’s General Manager Eddie Lafferty. “In this case, we’re excited that the efficiency is also good for the environment. We are committed to conservation, and we encourage our employees and customers to embrace eco-friendly behavior. We strive to leave a legacy of environmental responsibility so our community and its children can continue to thrive in the Las Vegas valley.”
Manheim Nevada also completed a variable speed drive air compressor project that prevents nearly 19 tons of carbon from entering the environment.