The ever-growing list of large corporations investing into solar power has received another entry, as Comcast announced the company has finished the installation of a canopy system at its Northeast Division headquarters office in Manchester, New Hampshire.
The system, located in the parking lot of the office, is expected to generate 500 megawatt-hours annually and features two dual-port EV charging stations.
“Technology, innovation and talent are at the core of everything Comcast does, and generating clean energy on site at our Manchester facility demonstrates our commitment to a culture of sustainability and a way to empower our employees to foster a cleaner, healthier environment,” said President of Comcast’s Northeast Division Kevin Casey in a release announcing the system’s installation.
The system’s sizing and location are not insignificant, as earlier this month, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu vetoed a bill to expand the state’s net metering program to cover 1 to 5 MW installations, after saying that it would be a benefit for the state to expand net metering.
Though this project was never in danger of losing its net metering benefits due to its more modest size, the veto could mean the loss of a market for larger commercial and industrial systems, in a state that doesn’t have much of that development to begin with. According to SEIA, there is only 76 MW of solar installed within the state – a tiny volume compared to Massachusetts, and only 1/3 of the volume in Vermont, which has a much smaller population.
Comcast presents this project as part of its commitment to sustainability, which includes the installation of nine EV charging station sites across the division by the end of the year. The Northeast Division serves 14 states, from Maine to Virginia.