Today, California’s State Compensation Insurance Fund announced it started constructing an extensive sustainability and solar energy program at an ENGIE North America and JLL development project. This initiative includes solar, electric vehicle charging stations, and energy storage at seven locations throughout California.
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Accordingly, State Fund will install 9.8 MW of solar; 2 MW/4.3 MWh of energy storage, and 150 Level II and DC charging stations. Thus, the company will help the project offset nearly 230,000 metric tons of greenhouse-gas emissions over 20 years. Moreover, this program will save almost $65,000,000 in energy costs over its operational life.
More about State Fund ‘s program
The State Fund construction sites are Vacaville, Pleasanton, Redding, Fresno, Bakersfield, Sacramento, and Riverside. Furthermore, State Fund’s EV charging stations will be available to its employees; and the company’s fleet vehicles will be available for their use. In fact, State Fund’s fleet currently includes eight battery electric vehicles, three of which are new long-range BEVs. The latter allows employees to travel between the company’s locations while lowering their reliance on fossil fuels.
Regarding the program, Andreas Acker, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at State Fund, said; Indeed, “breaking ground on this project is a huge step forward in our drive to reduce our use of fossil fuels. Also, in limiting the load, we place on local and statewide electrical grids, and improve air quality throughout California.”
Moreover, “increasing our efforts and investments around sustainability initiatives will bring several benefits to our customers, employees, and California as a whole,” said Acker.
Comments from ENGIE and JLL Clean Energy
Similarly, Courtney Jenkins, General Manager and Vice President for Cities & Communities at ENGIE North America, commented; “In addition to supporting State Fund’s greater environmental strategy, the construction helps the California economy. Particularly, during this critical time for recovery after the pandemic.”
“State Fund is truly a partner that aligns with ENGIE’s mission to help our customers decarbonize and optimize energy use;” Jenkins added.
Finally, Kyle Goehring, Executive Vice President, JLL Clean Energy Solutions, said; In fact, “JLL is proud to play an active role in initiatives that support the adoption of renewable and sustainable energy. For instance, like State Fund’s initiative, a trend whose adoption is quickly accelerating.”
As a global company, “we have an inherent responsibility to drive sustainability and corporate social responsibility efforts,” Goehring pointed out. Thus “we embrace technology to meet the needs of today and opportunities of tomorrow.”