TUESDAY 15 FEBRUARY, 2011 |
Car Rental Giant Hertz Launches Solar Energy Initiative
Car rental giant, the Hertz
, has announced it it rolling out 2.3 MW of solar
power systems at sixteen locations in North America; with more likely to follow.
Under the company's solar initiative, a 235 kW solar electric system
at Denver International
Airport has already been constructed and is expected to produce 342,766 kWh of
clean electricity each year.. Hertz says the solar array will offset approximately
294 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually.
After systems are installed in 15 other locations in the USA, the company
will then look to constructing additional power generation facilities in the US and internationally
says Mark Frissora, Hertz Chairman and CEO. Aside from carbon emissions
reductions, Mr Frissora says that "investing in solar energy makes good
business sense" for Hertz Corporation.
Hertz has a long-established sustainability program that includes the conservation of natural resources by
minimizing the use of non-renewable materialsm, utilizing recycling services and implementing
energy conservation practices.
In December 2008, Hertz initiated a "Nap Time Program" that shuts down
computer monitors on office desktop computers after 3 minutes of activity. Given
the thousands of computers the company has, use of the applications has resulted
In regard to car rentals, Hertz now offers "The Green Collection",
consisting of over 35,000 more fuel-efficient vehicles, including 5,000 hybrid
cars. Hertz says it will soon be introducing the Nissan Leaf to its fleet. The Leaf is
a zero emission, all-electric vehicle with energy storage in the form of a lithium ion
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