Alternative energy is a clean, cost-efficient way to help meet our energy demand, and Cox Enterprises is ready to lead through investments in innovative, emerging, energy-generation technologies, as well as existing, proven approaches such as utility-scale solar. We have made substantial investments in projects that generate renewable energy, both to power our own operations and to provide clean power to the communities we serve. This is a long-term strategic commitment; our plan is to expand these types of investments going forward.
Trash Into Treasure
New River Clean Energy
Americans produce trash – lots of it. 136 million tons of municipal solid waste finds its way to our nation’s landfills each year. With time, waste in landfills decomposes, releasing methane, carbon dioxide and other harmful greenhouse gases (GHGs).
municipal solid waste finds
its way to our nation’s landfills
The impact of GHGs on global warming and climate change is well documented, and the methane produced in landfills makes an outsize contribution to the problem. In fact, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency indicates that, pound for pound, the comparative impact of methane on climate change is more than 25 times greater than that of CO2 over a 100-year period. That makes it particularly desirable to capture, filter and convert methane into a renewable energy source. Landfill gas-to-energy facilities, like the New River Clean Energy plant in Beckley, West Virginia, are doing exactly that.
New River is a project of Seven Islands Environmental Solutions, a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises focused on identifying and implementing new technologies and programs to create environmental solutions. Seven Islands has entered an agreement with Raleigh County Landfill, an active landfill one hour south of Charleston, West Virginia. A system of wells captures the landfill gas generated by 2 million tons of waste buried at the site. Collected gas is cleaned, dried and compressed to fuel generators which produce electricity sufficient to power nearly 2,000 homes.
Bright Promise, Positive Results
Center General Manager
In addition to our external investments in new solar capacity, Cox has a continuing and growing commitment to renewable projects within our own operational footprint. Las Vegas is one of the sunniest cities in the U.S. – and investing in solar energy there makes perfect business and environmental sense. In summer 2016, we completed new ground mount solar projects at the Cox Communications facility in Las Vegas and the Manheim Nevada facility in North Las Vegas. Combined, the solar installations annually prevent more than 1,700 tons of carbon from entering the environment. The installations produce 1,523 kW of clean energy, enough to power 238 homes.
The Cox Communications project, located at the company's Las Vegas data center, will supply 65 percent of the building’s energy needs, while the Manheim project will supply 62 percent of that facility’s demand.
Our commitment to renewables also results in some unexpected applications. The Manheim Georgia facility is home to one of the state’s largest solar thermal hot water installations, which supplies hot water to Manheim’s auto detailing operation. The installation features 40 solar thermal collectors, stores 2,000 gallons of hot water and offsets more than 300 million BTUs of energy every year with solar energy.