Inhabitat is reporting live from the Fortune Brainstorm Green conference today, where Verizon just announced a massive $100 million solar and fuel cell energy project that will provide power to 19 of its U.S. facilities. The project is expected to be complete next year, and it’s poised to generate more than 70 million kilowatt-hours of electricity – that’s enough to power more than 6,000 single-family homes each year.
The project is part of Verizon’s plan to slice its carbon intensity (carbon emissions per terabyte of data flowing through its networks) by 50% by 2020. To achieve its goal, Verizon has enlisted the help of ClearEdge Power to install PureCell Model 400 fuel cell systems at Verizon locations throughout the United States.
On the solar side, Verizon will be bringing in SunPower Corp. to deploy high-efficiency rooftop, ground-mounted and solar parking canopy PV systems. According to Verizon, these elements married together will eliminate more than 10,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide.