KI Installs Largest Solar Energy Array In Northeast Wisconsin
-- New solar system to power KI's design and development facility in Green Bay
GREEN BAY, Wis., Jan. 16, 2013
GREEN BAY, Wis., Jan. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --KI has completed the
installation of Northeast Wisconsin's largest solar photovoltaic (PV) system
at its Green Bay, WI., design and development facility. The new 115 kilowatt
(kW) array—comprised of 480 PV solar panels, covering approximately 22,820
square feet of rooftop space—converts sunlight into electricity, producing
approximately 152,640 kilowatt hours (kWh) of clean energy annually while
displacing 108 metric tons carbon dioxide emissions. The energy produced is
the equivalent of sequestering carbon from 88 acres of forest or providing
electricity to 13 U.S. households.
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To view a time-lapse video showing the complete installation process of the PV
system at KI's design and development facility, visit:
"KI remains steadfast in its commitment to sustainability and renewable
energy," said Dick Resch, chief executive officer, KI. "This expansive solar
PV system will help KI reduce its energy use and carbon footprint, all while
educating visitors, employees and our customers about the benefits and
importance of renewable energy."
The solar PV system is the largest in the Wisconsin Public Service service
territory (24 Wisconsin counties and adjacent upper Michigan peninsula). The
solar PV system was installed by Eland Electric Corporation and utilizes
patented, solar-panel mounting systems from SolarDock—a Delaware corporation
that specializes in designing and building solar electric systems.
"Renewable energy is extremely important to our customers and prospective
clients who are increasingly more interested in our sustainability
initiatives," said Norman Nance, vice president of A&D, environmental
initiatives, KI. "Solar energy is another step in the right direction in
furthering KI's ongoing commitment to sustainability."
The solar PV system was funded in part by a Focus on Energy grant. Additional
funding was made available for the project from a WPS Bonus Bid Program grant
awarded to Eland Electric to promote renewable energy.
Wisconsin Public Service Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Integrys
Energy Group, Inc., is an investor-owned electric and natural gas utility
headquartered in Green Bay, Wisconsin. It serves approximately 441,000
electric customers and 319,000 natural gas customers in residential,
agricultural, industrial, and commercial markets. It also provides electric
power to wholesale customers. The company's service area includes northeastern
Wisconsin and an adjacent portion of Upper Michigan.
Eland Electric Corporation is a fully licensed, insured and bonded electrical
contractor, located in Northeastern Wisconsin that employs NABCEP certified PV
installers and designers with 50 years of experience.
Headquartered in the Wilmington, Delaware, SolarDock holds the patent on
flat-roof mounting frames that offer a high-performance, light-weight, non-
penetrating roof installation method that will not cause leaks and is
recognized as the most "roof- friendly" racking system by top roofing
manufacturers. A flexible, modular structure also facilitates
expansion/transfer of solar systems, while UL and TUV Rheinland approved
integrated grounding method saves time and material.
KI manufactures innovative furniture and wall system solutions for education,
healthcare, government and corporate markets. The employee-owned company is
headquartered in Green Bay, Wis. and operates sales offices and manufacturing
facilities in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe and Asia. KI
tailors products and service solutions to the specific needs of each customer
through its unique design and manufacturing philosophy. For more information,
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