Cox Communications has wrapped up the installation of five fuel cells in San Diego as part of parent company Cox Enterprises’ nationwide energy savings program.

The fuel cell project was part of Cox Enterprises’ Cox Conserves program that was designed to reduce the company's carbon footprint by 20 percent by 2017 and promote eco-friendly behavior among its employees, communities and other corporations. Cox has its own Web site that's dedicated to its green initiatives.

The San Diego fuel cells joined nine previous alternative energy projects in the state. Combined, Cox said its 14 alternative energy installations in California annually prevent 15,500 tons of carbon emissions from entering the environment, the equivalent of removing 367 cars from the road.

The new fuel cells in San Diego included two 200 kW units that power 100 percent of Cox Communications’ facility on Copley Drive and three 200 kW units that power 90 percent of its building on N. Cuyamaca Street.

Cox said the five new fuel cells were Bloom Energy Servers that used a unique fuel cell technology, which converts fuel into electricity via an electro-chemical process without combustion and no smog-forming particulates. These fuel cells are powered by biogas, a renewable fuel, to make them more eco-friendly.

"Twenty-five percent of Cox Communications' electricity in California is now being generated through our alternative energy projects," said Steve Bradley, Cox Enterprises' director of energy, alternative energy and business continuity. "These projects yield positive results for the environment and the bottom line."

In addition to California, Cox Enterprises has alternative energy installations in Phoenix, Ariz.; Atlanta, Ga.; Macon, Ga.; Bordentown, N.J.; and Portland, Ore. Nationwide, Cox said its alternative energy projects annually prevent 17,400 tons of carbon emissions from entering the environment.