Park Ridge, N.J.-based Hertz Corp. announced it is installing over 2.3MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems at 16 locations across the United States in the first phase of the company's solar initiative.

"Hertz is committed to reducing costs and to sustainable business practices," says Mark Frissora, Hertz chairman and CEO. "Investing in solar energy for these facilities makes good business sense. We will now look to additional facilities in the United States and internationally to further this important program. Once again, Hertz is leading the industry in our commitment to innovation."

Hertz has already completed construction of a 235kW solar electric system located at Denver International Airport. This system is expected to produce 342,766 kWh of AC output and will offset approximately 650,000 lbs. of CO2 annually.

By Q3 2011, Hertz will complete construction of 15 additional facilities across the United States to further reduce its energy costs and offset Hertz's carbon footprint. Hertz is installing solar systems in facilities in Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.

"Hertz leads the industry in sustainable practices," says Richard Broome, senior VP of Hertz. "From our commitment to electric vehicles and other low-emission vehicles to our implementation of reduced water usage and now our solar program, we are at the forefront of integrating sound environmental practices with pro-consumer service, efficiency, and growth strategies."