The solar project is one of the largest solar installations in Houston, and represents a major step toward TGS’ goal of becoming Net-Zero.
Houston, Texas(August 18, 2022) – TGS, the global provider of energy data and intelligence, today announced the completion of the installation of a solar parking canopy at its Houston operational headquarters, one of Houston’s largest commercial solar installations to date. The company will host a ribbon-cutting party to celebrate the project on Wednesday, September 7, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., 10451 Clay Road in Houston.
“This ribbon-cutting event will mark a historic anniversary – our first major step towards our goal of becoming a zero-sum company,” said TGS CEO Christian Johansen. “For several years, our employees have been requesting covered parking, and we are excited to offer an innovative solution that meets their requests and provides a sustainable solution in line with our carbon reduction goals.”
A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place on September 7 at TGS’ Houston headquarters below their new solar garage facility, to showcase it to the best of its ability. The program will include feedback from TGS leadership, city officials, and representatives from Freedom Solar, which designed the project and installed the arrays.
The TGS installation consists of fifteen solar arrays that cover 210 spaces in the employee parking lot, providing employees with ample covered space and shelter from the scorching Texas sun. These 15 arrays consist of 1,650 units that will produce approximately 901,710 kilowatt-hours (KWh) of energy per year. This will enable TGS to reduce CO2 emissions by 1.4 million pounds annually, the equivalent of planting nearly 11,000 trees annually, and help create a more stable and resilient Texas power grid.
TGS estimates that its solar blinds will save approximately 60% of the Houston facility’s daily energy consumption and costs. With the Houston office contributing 74% of total global emissions for TGS offices in 2021, the net impact of the installation would be to reduce TGS’ total global CO2 emissions by approximately 50% as the company continues to explore clean energy initiatives for its other offices. offices.
In early 2021, TGS announced its commitment to be zero emissions bands 1 and 2 by 2030. Converting the company’s offices to renewable energy is critical to achieving this goal. Scope 1 emissions are direct emissions from sources the company owns or controls, such as fuels burned in buildings, vehicles, and equipment. Scope 2 emissions are the indirect emissions from purchased electricity, steam, heating and cooling in buildings and production processes.
TGS has made a major sustainability effort as well. For example, its offices in Oslo, Norway, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, already use hydroelectric power. Additionally, TGS has begun composting organic waste at its Houston headquarters and has diverted 21,799 pounds of waste from area landfills to date.
The Houston project was conceptualized and undertaken by TGS in partnership with RMR Group, which operates the building that houses TGS’s Houston headquarters. Austin-based Freedom Solar, the leading turnkey solar installer in Texas and the nation, designed and installed the solar canopy. The project will be fully operational by September 1.
“Solar energy is gradually becoming more affordable and will provide TGS with massive cost savings year on year,” Johansen said. “With the support of quality partners such as RMR Group and Freedom Solar, we were able to complete this project and make real progress toward our global net zero emissions goals.”
TGS provides data and scientific information to companies active in the energy sector. In addition to a global, comprehensive and diverse energy data library, TGS offers specialized services such as advanced processing and analytics along with cloud-based data applications and solutions. In addition to the company’s operational headquarters in Houston, Texas, TGS has offices in Calgary, Alberta, Canada; Rio de Janeiro, Botofogo, Brazil; Woking, UK; Oslo, Norway; and West Perth, Western Australia.
About Freedom Solar
Founded in 2007, Freedom Solar is the nation’s leading manufacturer of turnkey solar installations, providing high-quality, cost-effective and reliable solar solutions to the residential and commercial markets across the country. Freedom Solar is headquartered in Austin, Texas, and also has operations in Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Missouri, Virginia and West Virginia. An authorized Tesla Powerwall installer and sole distributor of SunPower® Master Dealer in Texas, the company has installed more than 154 megawatts of solar panels since 2007, ranking as the 10th largest solar installer in the United States and the third largest in Texas. Freedom Solar has completed projects for many national and multinational corporate clients, including Whole Foods Market, Shake Shack, Office Depot, Holiday Inn Express, Home2 Suites by Hilton, University of Texas at Austin, and many auto dealerships, such as Alfa Romeo, BMW, Chevrolet and Ford Maserati, Subaru and Toyota. For more information, visit https://www.freedomsolarpower.com or follow freedomsolarpwr on Twitter and freedom_solar_power on Instagram.
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