O&W Inc.’s 150kW solar array will replace a 73-panel array, further reducing the company’s carbon footprint and saving nearly $20,000 in utility costs annually
YPSILANTI, Mich. — O&W Inc., fifth generation, family owned and operated beer distributor, announced today plans to install a 420-panel solar array at its Ypsilanti warehouse. The larger system will replace a 73-panel array, which will further reduce the company’s carbon footprint, produce nearly 200,000kwh of electricity and save the company nearly $20,000 a year.
“O&W Inc., along with our Michigan distributor partners, have a long history of doing our part for the next generation. We know it’s our privilege and duty to protect our state’s environment and the fifth generation of owners here is no different,” said Isabel Wanty, vice president of human resources and operations at O&W Inc. “It’s our goal to leave our environment and this industry in better shape than we found it, and a significant part of accomplishing that is making green choices that support recycling and renewable energy.”
O&W Inc. is partnering with Constellation, an Exelon Company, on the project. Installation is expected to begin in a few weeks.
The solar array adds to O&W’s growing list of efforts to reduce energy waste and pollution. The distributor utilizes a paperless system to fill the thousands of orders they receive everyday, its warehouse features motion-activated lighting and its hi-los are battery powered. O&W also recycles millions of cans and bottles every year.
“This new 420-panel array represents a significant upgrade from our existing 73-panel array,” Wanty said. “Looking to the future, we cannot wait to see what the sixth generation of Wanty’s do to support a healthy environment for southeast Michigan.”
O&W Inc. serves retailers in a seven-county area stretching from Ypsilanti east to Lake Erie and south to the Michigan-Ohio border.
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