Mercury Marine provides photo voltaic panels to fulfill power objectives
FOND DU LAC – Mercury Marine has installed its first line of photovoltaic solar panels at its headquarters in Fond du Lac.
The new array sits on part of the company’s warehouse roof and consists of 320 panels, each six feet wide and four feet high.
According to a press release from the company, the panels are said to generate enough electricity to illuminate the company’s warehouse operations for the next 30 years.
The solar array will contribute to its goal of getting 50% of the company’s electricity from renewable sources by the end of 2030, Chris Drees, president of Mercury Marine, said in the press release.
“We are determined to focus on sustainable business practices, including investing in renewable energy and reducing our carbon footprint,” said Drees. “We will continue to strengthen our commitment to sustainability at all of our global locations.”
Mercury kicked off its first solar project in 2017 with the installation of a 2,000-panel array at the company’s European headquarters in Petit Rechain, Belgium.
This solar system, combined with improved on-site insulation, reduces the amount of electricity the system draws from the grid by 33%, lowering the system’s utility costs and enabling significant use of clean and sustainable energy.
On Earth Day 2020, Wisconsin’s Focus on Energy program named Mercury the 2020 Energy Efficiency Excellence Award winner.
In awarding the award, Focus on Energy cited several Mercury initiatives, including upgrading HVAC and lighting systems, containing compressed air systems, optimizing on / off cycles for equipment and facilities, redirecting manufacturing heat for various Purpose and inclusion of daylight and passive heating in the design of new systems.
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