February 19th, 2015 | posted on www.greenbiz.com
Healthcare provider Kaiser Permanente plans to buy enough solar and wind energy to cover half of its electricity consumption across all of its California facilities, the company plans to announce on Wednesday.
That commitment comes in the form of several massive power purchase agreements (PPAs), making it the latest high-profile company to embrace this approach along with the likes of Apple, Becton Dickinson, Google and Walmart.
“The energy we use to run our medical centers and other buildings produces the majority of our greenhouse gas emissions,” said Ramé Hemstreet, Kaiser Permanente’s chief energy officer, commenting on the contracts. “Replacing fossil fuels as an energy source with green power is the most important action we can take to address the impacts of climate change on health and to reduce pollutants that can lead to disease.