Boeing’s 787 plant ranked in EPA list of green power purchasers

Staff Report
Published Nov 3, 2011

Boeing Co.’s North Charleston 787 fabrication and assembly facility was ranked 14th by the Environmental Protection Agency on its list of Fortune 500 renewable power purchasers.

The North Charleston site ranks 33rd overall among green energy consumers, a list that includes a wide variety of companies, such as governments of all levels, manufacturers, retailers, tech firms and educational institutions.

SCE&G installed solar panels on Boeing's roof, spanning an area of about eight football fields and becoming the largest solar array in the Southeast.

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Boeing South Carolina purchases nearly 130 million kilowatt-hours of renewable power annually from S.C. Electric & Gas Co. Inc., enough to meet 100% of the site’s energy needs.

SCE&G installed solar panels on the facility’s roof, spanning an area of about eight football fields and becoming the largest solar array in the Southeast.

“This shows our commitment to drive environmental thinking into the way we operate our company,” said Mary Armstrong, Boeing’s vice president of environment, health and safety.

“Boeing South Carolina’s commitment to renewable energy, coupled with its zero-waste-to-landfill program and LEED certification targets for all new construction, demonstrates that what’s good for the environment is also good for business.”

Boeing’s solar field could power about 250 residential homes.

“EPA’s Green Power Partners consistently raise the bar for using clean, renewable electricity,” said EPA Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation, Gina McCarthy. “Boeing South Carolina’s commitment to using green power serves as an example of leadership for others to follow.”

Other S.C. firms make EPA lists
Also making the EPA’s lists was BMW Manufacturing Co., for its Greer facilities, which ranked No. 3 among the top 20 companies that generate their power on-site. The company produces biogas and doesn’t purchase any green power from outside sources.

Carolina Plantation Rice, based in Darlington, and Upstate Forever in Greenville appear on the list of companies that get all of their power from green sources, and both purchase more green power than they use.

Carolina Plantation Rice, a Santee Cooper customer fueled by biogas and solar energy, purchases 112% of its green power usage. Upstate Forever, which uses wind power, purchases 125% of its power from Sky Energy.

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