Great to see ICT using clean energy.
Originally posted on Gigaom:
Following on Verizon’s (s VZ) announcement a few weeks ago that it plans to spend $100 million on clean power — both solar panels and fuel cells — for its operations, the telecom giant announced on Tuesday that it plans to buy fuel cells from Silicon Valley’s Bloom Energy to power some of facilities in California. The ten Bloom Energy fuel cells (200 kW each) will deliver more than 16 million kilowatt hours of electricity for Verizon in California per year, or a quarter of its clean power capacity plans.
Verizon is also buying a bunch of fuel cells from ClearEdge Power for operations in other states, but is specifically installing Bloom Energy’s fuel cells within California. While Verizon wouldn’t comment on why it chose Bloom Energy as its supplier for California and ClearEdge as the supplier of fuel cells in other states, I speculate that the choice to go with Bloom in California was because Bloom works with California incentives to reduce the cost.
Verizon (s VZ) is one of a variety of telecom and Internet companies that have been increasingly turning to clean power to help provide electricity for infrastructure and buildings. Google has invested over a billion dollars into clean power projects. Apple (a AAPL), eBay, and Microsoft are deploying substantial clean power at data centers. AT&T has also purchased Bloom Energy fuel cells for its operations in California.