Reducing our own carbon footprint with solar panels and evaporative cooling
As part of our corporate social responsibility, we know we have to be stewards of our environment, and for nearly six decades, have invented and brought to market some of the most energy efficient HVAC technologies available in the manufacturing and distribution market segments. Our heating, evaporative cooling and ventilation technologies alone operate at 40%-65% savings versus traditional technologies.
Our systems make a big difference for each individual facility through operational cost savings, but the true environmental impact is when 55,000 of our facility installations compound for massive electrical and natural gas savings.
Complementing our own HVAC system performance, Cambridge sought out the opportunity to install solar panels in support of the energy reduction mission. Our CEO John Kramer says, “When the solar opportunity came about, I jumped on it because energy savings will have an impact on our business, on our community and on the world.” He went on to say, “Cambridge exists to enrich the lives of others and this move has an impact on future generations. Enriching lives is not just about the here and now. It has a longer-lasting impact.”
This also drove the decision to invest in an ESC-Series Evaporative Cooling unit to cool our building while using a fraction of the energy that traditional cooling methods use.
Our solar story
The Cambridge solar installation on our plant roof in Chesterfield, Missouri - consisting of 424 individual solar panels - is one of the largest solar installations in our city. On an average week, our panels yield 600 KWH, giving us the ability to cut down on our emissions drastically. Since the installation, the solar panels have saved 262 t of carbon from being emitted from our facility - equal to the yearly output of over 34 homes or 103 passenger vehicles. Moreover, the savings have amounted to around $2,200 a month in electrical savings and are enough to cover 10% of our total electric consumption.
Never Done Improving
Cambridge believes in continuous improvement, and we aim to find new and innovative ways to better our environment consistently. Whether through large projects such as solar panels or finding small ways each day. No matter the size of the project we are dedicated to enriching the lives of those around us and of generations to come.
As we look out over the next ten years, we will continue to share stories about energy transformation within manufacturing and distribution businesses. New technologies enable us to share building performance characteristics in real-time so that more leaders are inspired to change their working environments for their people while simultaneously serving their communities and the planet with energy footprint reductions. “This is my passion, and our leadership team is committed to it,” says Kramer.
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