Air Products has flipped the switch on the company’s new 2MW solar farm, capable of supplying enough energy to power more than half of Air Products’ administration buildings.

Chairman, President and CEO John McGlade actually pushed the button on the new solar farm, in a move that appears to reflect the increasing focus on clean energies and the company’s commitment to the development of the solar sector.

The 15-acre installation, built with panels supplied by Air Products’ customers, Astronergy and ENN Solar, is the largest silicon thin-film project in the US. Both Astronergy and ENN Solar use Air Products’ SunSource™ Solutions to manufacture their silicon thin-film panels.

Speaking as he flipped the switch, McGlade said, “It is really special to be able to demonstrate our customers’ products and begin generating clean, renewable energy for our campus.”

“It is a great opportunity for employees, our community and our customers to witness first-hand how our innovative products deliver sustainable solutions for photovoltaics customers.”

The installation, capable of generating 2MW of renewable power, will help Air Products reduce its dependence on purchased electricity and lower its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions footprint by approximately 2,000 tons per year.