As a company whose success depends on correct calibration, Escali Digital Scales made a powerful statement about the utility of solar power when it installed a flat roof array atop its Burnsville, Minnesota warehouse.
In a way, it’s fitting that the makers of Bluetooth-enabled kitchen and bathroom scales that give people an unprecedented look into how their bodies consume energy can now get the same level of data about their business energy use. Using the All Energy Solar monitoring system, the company can now see how their array is producing energy and where their operation is using it. It’s expected that in the first year of operation, the new array will cover all the energy used at the warehouse and attached office.
“I am always interested in the next thing when it comes to electronics— it’s part of what we do as a company,” said Theo Prins, president, Escali. “I recently purchased an all-electric car and thought the next addition should be a solar system on our large warehouse roof to fill up that car for ‘free’ and power the rest of our business. We’d actually wanted to go solar for a few years now, and at a certain point, the cost of the panels and installation dropped enough for it to make sense. Plus if it pays for itself over time, it’s a no-brainer.”
He found the process fairly straightforward. All Energy Solar had already installed an array on a neighboring business, so they were a known quantity. Prins said that in choosing All Energy Solar, they had a “reputable installer that knows what they are doing. And besides selecting the right company to do the installation, there weren’t many obstacles in making the switch. All Energy made it super easy for us. There were no surprises.”
With two buildings in that industrial area of Burnsville now sporting rooftop arrays, the tech could be a neighborhood trend. Prins is satisfied with his decision to switch, and not just because of the money saved in the short term. There are other high-impact, long-term calculations involved in determining the value of renewable energy. “The best part of being a solar user? The reduction in our carbon footprint,” Prins said.