Hertz says its goal is to put solar on as many locations as possible in the US and overseas, and is adding 11 solar systems this year, two of them at Newark and Kennedy airports.
The second-largest US car rental company recently added 900 solar panels to the roof of its global headquarters in New Jersey, a 229 kilowatt (kW) array.
It was designed and installed by Martifier Solar USA, along with 14 other solar systems so far.
At Kennedy and Airport, solar is going up on the 32,000-square-foot roof that covers the Hertz parking garage, and they will go over the parking area at Newark Airport. Hertz also has a 235 kW system at Denver Airport.
“Even as incentives disappear, the company expects costs for solar power to continue to come down. Solar makes sense for us,” Rich Broome, senior vice president of corporate affairs and communications, told Bloomberg.
“Expanding our solar facilities is part of Hertz’s ongoing commitment to sustainable business practices,” says Mark Frissora, Hertz Chairman and CEO. “We have taken a number of steps over the past year to fulfill our goal of leading the travel industry in renewable energy production and utilizing energy best practices across our operations. With this latest expansion, Hertz will increase its renewable energy generation while continuing to reduce costs companywide.”
At the end of this year, Hertz will have 18 solar systems across the US, more than 3 megawatts.
Hertz’s Global Electric Vehicle (EV) plan aims to be the first to provide a range of EVs and charging stations on a rental and car-sharing basis at global scale. It’s car-sharing service, Hertz on Demand, will be available for all 375,000 of its rental cars in about a year.
The company has rolled all its sustainablity efforts into its “Living Journey”: