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Ford Harnesses The Sun's Power For An Impressive Employee Perk

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Solar canopy at Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan

Solar canopy at Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan

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It's hard out there for an employer -- especially for established companies that play by old-school rules. Just when you think you've got everyone set up with "newfangled" amenities like daycare, retirement plans, and gender-neutral restrooms, along comes some snazzy start-up offering foosball conference tables, vegan cafeterias, and mani-pedi Fridays.

But according to Green Car Reports, Ford is planning to provide a perk that internet hotshots will be hard-pressed to match: Michigan's largest solar array, perched atop a covered parking canopy and offering free charging for electric vehicles.  

The project will break ground at Ford's headquarters in Dearborn this September, and it should wrap up by spring of next year. When complete, it'll offer 360 covered parking spaces for Ford employees and visitors, and 30 of those spaces will be equipped with electric vehicle charging stations. The array will have a capacity of around 1.04 megawatts of electricity.

And that's not all: the project will also cut Ford's CO2 emissions by 875 tons each year. That won't help Ford meet the Environmental Protection Agency's new CAFE rules for 2025, but employees may breathe just a tiny bit easier. 

For more on this story, including a quick rundown of other companies that have harnessed the sun's power for fun and profit, check out Green Car Reports.

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