Solar Power Goes Into Hertz Locations

Saying it “makes good business sense,” Hertz announced it is installing 2.3 megawatts (MW) of solar power capacity at 16 facilities around the country. It’s the latest green initiative for the company, which in December began renting electric vehicles.

Hertz noted that it already has a 235-kilowatt (kW) capacity system in place at the Denver International Airport. The company said that system is expected to yield nearly 350,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually.

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“Hertz leads the industry in sustainable practices,” Senior Vice President Richard Broome said, citing the EV program and other “low emission” vehicles offered for rent, the solar program and well as programs to reduce water use. “We are at the forefront of integrating sound environmental practices with pro-consumer service, efficiency and growth strategies.”

Hertz said it expects to complete the 15 installations by the third quarter this year. In addition to the system already installed in Denver, solar systems are planned for Hertz facilities in Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

Samba Energy said separately it was managing those 15 installations, including supplying Hertz with its SunSpotter enterprise software platform to analyze the solar investment. The solar work itself is being carried out by Martifer Solar USA, Samba said.

Pete Danko is a writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Breaking Energy, National Geographic's Energy Blog, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere.

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