Windsor's Iron Mountain, Inc. (NYSE: IRM) cut the ribbon on what it hopes is just the beginning of of a greener future, Wednesday: a 902 solar panel energy system.
Atop the roof of its home on Kennedy Road, the international information management company hosted several local dignitaries, including Mayor Don Trinks and CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Daniel Esty, during a ceremonial unveiling of the panel array, which, according to Iron Mountain, will generate power equal to that used to run 33 homes for a year.
"I hope this thing takes off and grows by leaps and bounds," said Trinks, applauding Iron Mountain for its efforts in "taking care of Mother Earth" and its maintenance of a corporate responsibility department.
"Corporate responsibility is what we need more of," he added.
Harold Ebbighausen, President of Iron Mountain's North American operations, said the installation of the panels is a part of the company's commitment toward decreasing its carbon footprint by 5 percent by 2014.
Ebbighausen added that the company plans to expand its use of solar energy to its facilities around the world (it runs over 1,000 facilities in 35 countries), but the array unveiled Wednesday in Windsor is the company's first.
In addition to 33 homes a year, the amount of energy the panels will generate is also the equivalent of taking 46 cars off the road or conserving roughly 25,000 gallons of gasoline.