TGS Set to Install Solar Energy Parking Canopy at Houston HQ
Further reinforcing its commitment to ESG and its employees, TGS, a global provider of energy data and intelligence, today announced that it is set to install a landmark solar energy parking canopy at its operational headquarters in Houston, Texas. Consisting of 1,700 modules, the installation is projected to boast an annual output of 929,034 kilowatt hours of energy – creating a unique approach to achieving the Company’s net-zero targets. The TGS solar energy parking canopy is also marked as one of the most innovative and largest solar panel projects in the Houston area.
The project is comprised of 5 solar arrays that will cover the employee parking lot, providing employees with an abundance of shady spaces protected from the southern sunshine. The solar canopies are estimated to subsidize the headquarters’ daily energy costs and consumption by providing approximately 60% of the electricity consumed by the Houston office. This amounts to a 30% reduction in TGS’ global office emissions. TGS’ solar energy parking canopy will avoid 1.4 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions annually, which is equivalent to planting almost 11,000 trees every year (source: EPA equivalencies calculator) and will contribute to a more stable and resilient Texas electricity grid.
Earlier this year, TGS announced our commitment to being net-zero in our Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2030. A critical part of achieving this strategy is transitioning our offices to renewable energy sources. For example, our Oslo headquarters already utilize hydropower, and we are proud to say that we now are installing solar panels to help power our Houston operational headquarters. We anticipate these efforts to result in a reduction in TGS’ total office-related emissions by at least a third while we continue to explore other clean energy sources for our offices.”
In partnership with the building manager, The RMR Group, TGS conceptualized the project. Austin-based Freedom Solar, the leading turnkey solar energy installer in Texas, was selected to design and install the solar canopy.
The project has commenced and is set to complete in January 2022.
Freedom Solar is the leader in turnkey solar installations in Texas, providing high-quality, cost-effective, reliable solar solutions for the residential and commercial markets. Also a Tesla Powerwall Certified Installer, Freedom Solar has installed more than 88 megawatts of solar panels since 2007 and ranks number 338 on Inc. magazine’s 500 fastest-growing private companies in America.