Redlands, California—February 17, 2009—ESRI recently commissioned the installation of 2,737 rooftop solar panels on three office buildings at its main campus in Redlands as part of its continuing efforts to offset energy usage. The company, founded on a principle of environmental responsibility, is the world's leading developer of geographic information system (GIS) technology.
ESRI's solar energy system will reduce global carbon emissions by more than one million pounds annually, the equivalent of planting 70,000 mature trees. The 195-watt solar panels will produce 533 kW of electricity—enough to power 100 average homes.
"The installation of a solar energy system is one piece in a larger mosaic of ESRI's conservation efforts," said Don Berry, ESRI's director of company operations. "ESRI is dedicated to conserving resources and reducing costs."
In line with its goal to be carbon neutral, ESRI maintains a fleet of electric vehicles and reduces cooling costs with strategically planted shade trees. On a larger scale, ESRI enjoys a history of supporting environmental sustainability. GIS software donated by ESRI is used internationally for myriad conservation projects, from mapping animal and plant habitats to measuring human impact on the ecosystem.
"At ESRI, we have always supported wise and careful allocation of the world's natural resources, and with GIS technology, we've been able to play a role in making sustainable development possible," said Jack Dangermond, ESRI president. "We turn that scope inward, as well, to make environmentally responsible business decisions."
Since 1969, ESRI has been giving customers around the world the power to think and plan geographically. The market leader in GIS, ESRI software is used in more than 300,000 organizations worldwide including each of the 200 largest cities in the United States, most national governments, more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies, and more than 7,000 colleges and universities. ESRI applications, running on more than one million desktops and thousands of Web and enterprise servers, provide the backbone for the world's mapping and spatial analysis. ESRI is the only vendor that provides complete technical solutions for desktop, mobile, server, and Internet platforms. Visit us at www.esri.com.
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