Fujifilm Recording Media U.S.A , joining with local clean-energy integrators Columbia Construction Co. and Absolute Green Energy Corp., announced a new solar installation at its plant in Bedford, Mass. on May 13.
With 1,870 modules, the solar array will produce about 644,000 kWh annually, which is equivalent to a reduction of 444 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year.
Over 20 years, this would equal the carbon sequestered by 7,280 acres of U.S. forest in one year, or nearly 21 million miles driven by average passenger vehicles.
“This represents a great opportunity for Fujifilm to make significant progress, and help contribute to our global corporation’s overall mission of energy conservation and greenhouse gas reduction,” said Peter Faulhaber, president, Fujifilm Recording Media U.S.A., Inc.
It is the company’s third solar energy installation in the United States.
“Clean energy technology is central to our economic development strategy in Massachusetts, and our success in solar power is a prime example of that,” said Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, in a statement issued for the ribbon-cutting.
With this installation, the company said it will see a substantial cost savings on its current energy usage. In addition, the company will be able to take advantage of the utilities net energy metering program that provides ongoing benefits.
Globally, Fujifilm has a Greenhouse gas target set at 30% reduction in CO2 by Fiscal Year 2020, as compared to 2005.
“The new Fujifilm rooftop solar array will generate more than 15 million kilowatt hours of electricity over its lifetime while producing zero carbon emissions,” said Chris McCarthy, vice president, manager, Columbia Energy, Columbia Construction Co. “It will also reduce the global demand for fossil fuels. "