Community solar provider Common Energy has opened four solar projects for enrollment by employees of Microsoft, LinkedIn, Corning, Akamai Technologies and VMware. Through Common Energy’s Clean Energy Benefit Program, these companies’ employees can receive clean energy credits on their local electricity bills.
“We are thrilled and honored to work with Microsoft, LinkedIn, Corning, Akamai and VMware on these important programs,” said Richard Keiser, CEO of Common Energy. “We hope that these partnerships will encourage more organizations to proactively engage their employees and members in sustainability in general and local community solar projects.”
The projects being supported through these programs are located in Carver, Massachusetts (2.8 MW, serving Greater Boston); Lostant, Illinois (2.9 MW, serving Greater Chicago); and Mecklenburg, New York (2.3 MW, serving New York’s Southern Tier).
This initiative is believed to be the first large-scale program to directly involve employees in community solar.
“We’re proud to participate in this program offering our employees a way to reduce their carbon footprint and contribute to a greener future for all,” said Bennett Leff, Director of Sustainability, Corning Incorporated. “Our 170 years of invention and innovation have shown us that what we do today will ultimately determine how our world looks tomorrow.”
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