For almost a century, the tall spire of the Empire State Building has lit up the New York City skyline at night. In recent years, those lights have been powered by renewables.

Since 2011, the skyscraper has been buying wind energy to offset 100% of its electricity use.

Now Empire State Realty Trust, which owns the building, is doing the same for all of its properties, which total more than 10 million square feet of commercial real estate. 

To meet that goal, the Trust agreed to buy more than 300 million kilowatt-hours of wind power over three years.

“That’s enough energy to light every house in New York State for a whole month. And so we’re really proud of the commitment that we’ve made,” says Dana Robbins Schneider, the Trust’s director of energy and sustainability.

She says that by committing to renewables, large property owners can make significant cuts in carbon pollution. And they can help accelerate the broader transition to a clean energy economy.

“As the investments grow and continue in renewable energy, that’s always a good thing,” she says. “It’s a critical way to encourage the development of renewable power.”

Reporting credit: Sarah Kennedy/ChavoBart Digital Media.