HSBC unveiled their latest project, the Canary Wharf headquarters in London with its 617 square meters of solar panels installed on the roof. HSBC is now the tallest corporate headquarter building in Europe using photovoltaic panels to create energy from the sun’s light.
A total of 422 monocrystalline photovoltaic Sharp panels were installed. The panels are guaranteed to withstand wind speeds of up to 140 miles per hour. The HSBC skyscraper is now able to see close to 1.5m kilowatt hours of energy generated.
That’s enough energy to power 20 homes for an entire year!
HSBC refused to disclose the cost of the investment and all we’ve been able to find is that it’s part of a multi-million ($90M actually) environmental efficiency program. Until now this program has helped the company reduce energy costs at their HQ by seven-percent since 2004.
Is this all about generating good press? Are they just trying to attract more green customers to their offices? If so, then Congratulations!
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