Car hire giant, Hertz, have unveiled plans to introduce solar power at 16 of its outlets across the US including key locations in California and New York.

The announcement to roll out solar power at a number of Hertz rental centres follows a successful pilot scheme at the car rental company’s Denver Airport outlet. Hertz estimate that the solar panels at their Denver centre alone will offset 650,000 pounds of CO2 emissions every year, so the off-setting potential for 16 outlets across America is huge.

The process of introducing solar panels at Hertz car hire outlets involves fitting Photovoltaic panels to the roofs of these centres, providing on average, 2.3 mw of energy. Hertz hopes to have the 16 outlets, complete with their new solar panels, up and running by the end of the year.

This is just another example of Hertz’s commitment to greener energy as the company has always already introduced a number of electric powered vehicles to its rental fleets, including the ultra green Nissan Leaf, and the Chevrolet Volt.

One of the heads of Hertz car hire in the US say the company “leads the industry in sustainable practices” and the introduction of solar panels is just another way in which the company is striving to offer environmentally friendly practices.