Monday, March 1, 2010

Bloom Box Energy & eBay Inc.

Bloom Box Energy & eBay Inc.

eBay Inc. connects hundreds of millions of consumers through businesses that empower people
to do more with less, from promoting the re-use of products that already exist through eBay
marketplaces to paying without a paper check through PayPal. eBay is committed to extending
this positive impact through vibrant sustainable commerce and community experiences, including
the eBay Green Team. As part of this commitment, eBay set an ambitious carbon reduction goal
of 15% by 2012 over a 2008 baseline as part of an overall strategy to run their business in ways
that have less impact on the planet. A commitment to investing in renewable sources of energy is
core to meeting this goal and the company has installed two solar arrays, including San Jose’s
largest commercial installation to date. In 2009, in an effort to diversify its portfolio, eBay
collaborated with Bloom to pioneer a first-of-its-kind installation that, as of spring 2010, will be
powered by 100% renewable biogas. The 500kW system sits outside eBay╩╝s LEED gold certified
“Mint” building in North San Jose.
“eBay believes in the power of our business model to make a real difference in the world, and that
includes how we embrace innovation to reduce our carbon footprint. When Bloom came to us, it
was an easy decision to become an early-adopter of their cutting-edge new technology. As a
result, we’re meeting financial and environmental goals with the project while fueling a more
energy efficient global marketplace. That’s good for us, our customers and the planet,” said John
Donahoe, eBay CEO.


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