Philadelphia-based Almo Professional A/V, a distributor of professional audio and visual equipment, announces that its 430,000-square-foot warehouse in Philadelphia is now running on solar power.
The company says it hired Lancaster County, Pennsylvania-based Paradise Energy Solutions to install the solar panels on its warehouse roof. According to the installation company, the 3,200 solar panels will generate enough electricity in just one year to offset 100,000 gallons of gasoline, 900,000 pounds of coal or 2,100 barrels of oil. The installation is expected to reduce the company’s carbon footprint and its electricity costs for the next three decades.
“Almo Corporation is committed to responsible environmental stewardship and sustainable business practices,” says Ed Gibbons, Almo’s executive vice president. “Solar will greatly reduce our dependence on grid-generated, non-renewable electricity for many years to come.”
Gibbons says just like every business investment, the numbers had to add up for it to work.
“We have been pleasantly surprised to find that by offsetting the need to purchase electricity from the utility company, these solar panels will have contributed enough savings to pay for themselves in less than five years, leaving an estimated 25 years of free electricity for our business,” he says.
The sizable reduction in their electric costs is helping Almo become a more efficient company and making a big contribution towards its mission of being responsible corporate citizens, the company says.
To watch a video put together by Paradise Energy Solutions about the project, click here.