Alternative and Renewable Energy
Boeing uses carbon-free hydroelectric and renewable energy sources for nearly half our total electricity consumption. Hydropower provides more than 80 percent of electricity to our facilities in Everett, Washington, and the Seattle area, and is also used to generate electricity at our facility in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Boeing uses the EPA definition of renewable energy, which includes resources that rely on fuel sources that restore themselves over short periods of time and do not diminish. Such fuel sources include the sun, wind, moving water, organic plant and waste material (eligible biomass), and the Earth's heat (geothermal).
The 10-acre solar system at the Boeing North Charleston, South Carolina, facilities continues to be one of the largest thin-film solar installations in the United States. The installation produces about 2.6 megawatts at peak production or enough electricity to power approximately 250 residential homes.
We are also helping our customers and communities around the world, such as in Guam and Canada, expand their use of renewable energy, and are leading the industry in developing sustainable fuel sources for aviation.