Almo Corporation Adds Solar Panels to Wisconsin-Based Warehouse Facility – rAVe [PUBS]
Almo Corporation has just added 529 rooftop solar panels to its Wisconsin warehouse. The move enables Almo to reduce energy costs by using solar energy to meet 80 percent of the facility’s electricity needs.
The installation of the WI storage solar modules, which will be installed by SunVest Solar, is expected to generate 254,565 kWh of energy per year – roughly the average electricity consumption of 21 households per year – while generating enough electricity to run 151,170 miles of gasoline (based on Greenhouse gas) to offset emissions) and 339,420 pounds of coal (based on CO2 emissions) per year.
The completion of the WI warehouse is the third conversion of roof-based solar modules that Almo has completed since 2019. By switching from Almo to solar modules for the storage room in Philadelphia in 2020 alone, Almo was able to send more than 65 percent of the solar power it produced back into the grid.
Here’s a cool video with Almos President and CEO Warren Chaiken and Almos Executive Vice President Ed Gibbons literally “turning them on”:
Mike Shive, Vice President of Operations at Almo, said, “At Almo, we focus on sustainable business practices that reduce our overall carbon footprint and our environmental impact so that we can serve the communities where our facilities are located can return. Our solar-powered storage facilities, which continued to operate throughout the pandemic, reduced electricity consumption by 45 percent in 2020 alone. ”
Shive added, “We are always looking for ways to reduce our reliance on grid-generated electricity and plan to convert our BA storage facility to rooftop solar in the near future.”
Almo also announced that all Almo camps use motion-sensitive lighting that cuts power consumption in half. Almo is working to improve the energy efficiency of warehouse lighting by a further 15 to 25 percent by replacing all lights with LED technology.
In addition, Almo is converting its fleet of more than 125 forklifts from liquid propane engines to highly efficient, battery-operated forklifts. These “eco-performance” lift trucks cause 80 percent less CO2 emissions and work 17 percent more efficiently than conventional electric forklifts.