Over the past decade, NOW has made significant efforts to set an example of environmental sustainability throughout our community, as well as the natural products industry. In addition to being awarded the Earth flag in 2006, the Illinois Recycling Association’s award for Outstanding Business Recycling in 2007, and the Governor’s Award for Pollution Prevention in 2008, NOW continues to implement innovative new methods for reducing waste, conserving energy, and minimize our carbon footprint.
In keeping with the company’s commitment to the environment, NOW recently completed the installation of it’s own Solar Panel Grid System. Strategically located atop the northwest corner of NOW’s 250,000 sq foot manufacturing facility, the 7,095 watt solar energy system is made up of thirty-three (33) individual 215 watt solar modules, along with one power inverter. A solar grid of this magnitude can generate 10,358 kilowatt hours (kH) of electricity per year, on average.
Over the course of one year, this new system will eliminate 12,366 pounds of carbon dioxide, 18 pounds of Nitrous Oxide, and 13 pounds of Sulfur Dioxide from entering our atmosphere. This is equivalent to not driving a car for 15,618 miles and planting 1 acre of trees. According to Dan Mirjanic, NOW’s Engineering manager, the solar grid has been positioned in a manner that allows for the greatest efficiency possible, and in a manner which allows future expansion.
One of the most fascinating aspects of NOW’s new solar energy system is that NOW Foods can log-in to an online monitoring system to see exactly how much electricity has been generated. This web-based solar energy monitoring system provides both live and historical data on how much carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, and sulfur dioxide has been avoided, in addition to current as past electricity output.
For more information on NOW’s environmental efforts, please contact Dan Scoles at extension 2253. If you’d like to know more about NOW’s new Solar Energy program, please contact Dan Mirjanic at extension 2256.