Solar Panels Go Up at Company Headquarters in Their Ongoing Effort to Help Reduce Carbon Footprint
Los Angeles, CA – As one of the largest privately-held emergency services and restoration companies on the West Coast, HARBRO, Inc., has taken another step forward on reducing the carbon footprint, by installing solar panels to generate its own electricity to energize its headquarters in Signal Hill, Calif.
HARBRO President David Moll was aware of what many companies know: that the initial dollar cost was high, but over time the system would save money and eventually pay for itself, as well as help California’s environment.
“As our company continues to grow, it was inevitable that we wanted to find ways to preserve our environment and save energy,” Moll said of the solar panels, which were installed and put online last month. It’s part of Moll’s own initiative for the company to make the effort to be more conservative with energy use.
The solar panels will produce electricity to HARBRO’s corporate office headquarters, which has more than 50 employees in a 28,000-square-foot warehouse and office space building, according to Lisa Tran, a company spokesperson.
Moll said: “We knew that we had enough space to install solar panels and we could save a great deal of energy and be more efficient in the long run. The initial investment was a high price, but we felt that it is a good investment for our environment and our company practice … Generating our own electricity reduces our consumption of fossil fuels, therefore minimizing the emission of pollutants, allowing us to be a little more independent from finite resources.”
Solar power is the conversion of the energy from the sun to usable electricity. The most common source of solar power, which HARBRO is doing, utilizes photovoltaic cells to convert sunlight into electricity. Photovoltaics utilize a semi-conductor to absorb the radiation from the sun, when the semi-conductor absorbs the radiation, it emits electrons, which are harnessed as electricity.
Solar energy is a resource that is not only sustainable for energy consumption, it is indefinitely renewable, at least until the sun runs out in billions of years, says a study from the University of Minnesota.
The federal government has also introduced tax credits for individuals and companies that invest in solar and other clean energy systems.