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Verizon not just phoning in renewable investment

Verizon, the largest wireless carrier in the U.S., has added renewable energy to its business strategy.

Last year, the company announced a $100 million investment to power its facilities by solar and fuel cell.  This year, it is spending an additional $40 million on solar for facilities in California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York.  The locations already had 14.2 MW of solar and fuel cells last year and will receive a combined additional 10.2 MW.

One big reason Verizon said it is building out renewables goes beyond reduction of carbon emissions.  Solar takes a bit of the strain off power grids and increases resiliency during outages.  That means cell phones would still work.

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