Why Cisco Is Buying Solar Energy

By Katie Fehrenbacher, Fortune

Cisco is the latest tech company to embrace clean energy. What’s behind this trend?

Tech giant Cisco Systems, based in San Jose, CA, plans to buy energy from a solar farm that power company NRG Energy plans to build in California’s Sonoran Desert. The move is the latest by a tech company to invest in clean energy as tech firms seek to green their image, compete to retain young eco-conscious employees and reduce the environmental impact of their energy use.

The solar panel farm will be built in Blythe, Calif., near the Arizona border, on 153 acres of land. When completed by the end of 2016, it will provide Cisco with 20 megawatts of solar energy, enough to power 14,000 average American homes.

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