Green Power Partnership
|FedEx Express / Oakland Hub Facility|
|Percentage Green Power||68.4%|
|Awards/Recognition||Green Power Leadership Award 2005|
|Environmental Web Page|
In August 2005, FedEx Express activated California’s then-largest corporate solar power installation at its Oakland, Calif., West Coast Hub. The system reduces demand on the utility grid and serves as an additional source of power capacity to benefit businesses and residents of California. This 904 kilowatt system has produced 7,510,000 kWh since installation as of FY11.
FedEx also hosts renewable energy systems at a number of other facilities across the country. The power generated on-site is used by these host facility, and the renewable energy certificates (RECs) are sold to third-party green power users or utilities to capture additional revenue. In the spring of 2008, FedEx Freight completed the installation of solar-electric systems in Whittier and Fontana, Calif., facilities. A 282 kilowatt solar power system in Whittier provides almost 40% of the facility’s annual energy needs, while approximately 50% of the Fontana facility’s energy needs will now be met by a 269 kilowatt sun-powered system.
The success of these efforts encouraged FedEx to expand its solar initiatives to the FedEx Ground distribution hub in Woodbridge, New Jersey, and the FedEx Express Central and Eastern European hub in Cologne, Germany. The Woodbridge facility, which came online in late 2009, marked the nation’s largest rooftop solar panel installation, with 12,400 panels that generate approximately 2.4 megawatts of power, or 30% of the facility’s energy needs. The FedEx Express Cologne facility has generated 1,790,000 kWh since installation. In December 2012, FedEx Express expects to activate its newest solar power installation at its hub at Newark Liberty International Airport. It will be a 2 MW system and supply 15.46% of the energy needed at the facility. “This solar installation at our Newark FedEx Express hub advances our commitment to connect the world in responsible and resourceful ways,” said Mitch Jackson, Vice President Environmental Affairs and Sustainability, FedEx Corp. “Deploying solar technologies such as these at our facilities helps us to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from our operations while providing more sustainable options for our customers.”