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Touring Pink Energy’s commercial solar projects

November 24th, 2020 | By Chad McComas

As homeowners gravitate toward solar, it should be encouraging for them to see businesses and sports franchises adding solar too. Pink Energy’s commercial solar division is helping businesses across its markets realize the potential of solar energy.

Pink Energy has installed solar panels for the following sports franchises: Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Indians, Detroit Lions, Indianapolis Colts, and Pittsburgh Steelers. There are plans to add panels to NC State’s Carter-Finley Stadium in 2021. With help from Pink Energy, these teams are taking the initiative to reduce their carbon footprint.

While those may be among our highest-profile projects, we have completed multiple commercial projects for major businesses in the past 18 months. Here’s a dime tour of some of those.

Bardaville Apartments: Lansing, Michigan

Pink Energy installed more than 400 kilowatts of solar panels at Bardaville Apartments in the past year. More than half of those came as part of a ground-mounted array of 600-plus panels at the property. The remaining 190 kilowatts of panels were installed on the roofs of four buildings at the complex.

“We chose to go solar for a variety of reasons, but first and foremost is to be able to keep our rent adjusted so the tenants of Bardaville can reap the benefits of the cost savings that will occur over time,” said Sam Dua, President S & S Asset Management, Inc., the management company for Bardaville Apartments.

Long gone is the stigma that solar will not work in Michigan. With the 11th-highest residential cost for electricity at more than $0.16 per kw in the state and the 13th-highest cost for commercial electricity at more than $0.11 per kw, homeowners and business owners are leaping to get solar because they see the value in potentially saving money. Here’s a peek at some aerial coverage taken of our roof-mounted installation.

LaFontaine Automotive Group

LaFontaine Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Fenton, Michigan, had a 428-solar panel installation installed by Pink Energy. This project is the largest array of solar panels on any dealership in the Midwest. This project was expected to reduce the electricity needs of the dealership by 60 percent within the first full year.

“My mom, Maureen LaFontaine, was a true pioneer in terms of our dealerships focusing on green initiatives,” said Ryan LaFontaine, chief operating officer, LaFontaine Automotive Group. “Being better stewards of the environment makes great business sense. Our sustainability efforts have had a positive impact on our bottom line, our workplace culture and our customers.”

Pewabic Pottery

With the help of Pink Energy, the historic Pewabic Pottery in Detroit added 74 panels atop its education center and tile studio. Since 1903, Pewabic Pottery has been servicing Detroit with pottery and tile. Pewabic Pottery is a National Historic Landmark and one of the oldest potteries in the U.S. that is still operational. And now, Pewabic’s panels will offset 16 percent of its average electricity bill.

This project was possible thanks to a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. However, there were also more than 100 individual donors responsible for help making this installation possible.

“Marrying a century-old structure with modern-day technology is an art form,” said Pewabic Executive Director Steve McBride.  “As a historic landmark, we want to honor the integrity of the original Pewabic buildings while reducing our carbon footprint and becoming more sustainable to ensure we are still here in another 100 years.”

City of Gaylord, MI

Solar is our bread and butter. But we’re not just limited to working on solar installations. We installed four electric vehicle chargers for the City of Gaylord, Michigan, in July 2020.

Adding charging stations helps speed the transition to electric vehicles. The City of Gaylord received a grant which allowed the city to add the chargers at minimal cost to the city. Two of the chargers are EV fast chargers, which provide an 80 percent charge in approximately 30 minutes. The other two chargers are Level 2 chargers which don’t charge as fast, but are appropriate for use if you’re going to be in the area for a longer period of time.

To learn more about our EV installation for the City of Gaylord, check out the below video.

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