Cox Enterprises Completes Alternative Energy Project in Portland, Oregon

200kW Solar project produces green energy for Manheim Portland

Oct 06, 2010, 10:00 ET from Cox Enterprises, Inc.

PORTLAND, Ore., Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Cox Enterprises announced today that it has completed a solar power installation at its Manheim Portland facility on North Hayden Island Drive. The photovoltaic rooftop solar panel installation is 16,500 square feet and converts the sun's radiation to electricity.

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"The Manheim Portland solar installation is closely tied to Cox Conserves, our national sustainability program," said Steve Bradley, director of alternate energy, engineering and business continuity for Cox Enterprises. "This is our tenth alternative energy project, and combined, the projects prevent 12,000 tons of greenhouse gases from entering the environment on an annual basis."

The installation generates 193 MWh of energy annually and provides more than 25 percent of the facility's electrical load requirement. By harnessing the sun's power, Cox helps the environment and reduces its energy costs.

"We're very pleased with the solar installation. It's a visible example to our employees and customers that our company is committed to conserving energy," said Jim Mumford, general manager of Manheim Portland.

Launched in 2007, Cox Conserves seeks to reduce the company's energy consumption by embracing renewable forms of energy, conserving natural resources and inspiring eco-friendly behavior. The program also encourages Cox's 66,000 employees and their families to engage in eco-friendly practices that reduce energy use and promote sustainability. For more information, visit  

Manheim Portland has been serving the region for more than 50 years. The company offers eight automotive auction lanes spanning 48 acres, which accommodate weekly sales as well as monthly and quarterly event sales.

About Cox Enterprises

Cox Enterprises is a leading communications, media and automotive services company. With revenues of nearly $15 billion and more than 66,000 employees, the company's major operating subsidiaries include Cox Communications, Inc. (cable television distribution, telephone, high-speed Internet access, commercial telecommunications and advertising solutions); Manheim, Inc. (vehicle auctions, repair and certification services and web-based technology products); Cox Media Group, Inc. (television stations, digital media, newspapers, advertising sales rep firms, Valpak and Cox Radio, Inc.); and (online automotive advertising and related publications). Additionally, Cox's Internet operations include and Adify Corporation, a unit of Cox TMI, Inc.

About Manheim

Manheim is the world's leading provider of vehicle remarketing services. Through its 130 worldwide wholesale operating locations, Manheim impacts every stage of a used vehicle's life cycle, helping commercial sellers and automobile dealers maximize the full value of their vehicles.  Drawing from its auction transaction volume, Manheim Consulting publishes the annual Used Car Market Report, the definitive source of data for the used car industry.  Manheim Consulting offers a wide range of services including custom analytics, business optimization and macro economic analysis.

Manheim is the online vehicle remarketing leader, connecting buyers and sellers to the world's largest, most comprehensive wholesale marketplace through its extensive in-lane and online offerings. receives nearly 900,000 visitors each week. Additionally, Manheim offers services including reconditioning, certification, inspections, dealer financing, title management and marshaling, among others.  Through its wide array of services and technologies, industry publications, customer support and educational offerings, Manheim gives its customers maximum control over how they buy and sell vehicles, helping them to conduct business in the most efficient way possible.  In 2009, Manheim handled nearly 10 million used vehicles, facilitating transactions worth more than $50 billion in value.

SOURCE Cox Enterprises, Inc.