Solar Installation, Energy Efficiency Consulting, Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
At last week’s Alternative Career Week, the Sustainability Day panel included Microgrid Energy President, Marc Lopata. “Microgrid” refers to onsite power generation at a company or house, independent from the municipal power grid. This small and fairly young company’s goal is to make Clayton the United States’ first EPA-certified “Green Community,” although their client base extends throughout the region. Microgrid Energy operates by the Triple Bottom Line philosophy – People, Planet, Prosperity.
Microgrid specializes in solar panel installations for local homes and businesses, such as the first “net zero” house in town and the Missouri Botanical Garden. Microgrid also installs electric vehicle charging stations, such as for Anheuser-Busch Employees’ Credit Union and Novus International (described in a previous spotlight). Other clients include Nestle Purina, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, the DESCO Group (real estate) and Drury Hotels. Microgrid is also the energy manager for Busch Stadium — “it saved the Cardinals $500,000 in 2010 through energy efficiencies and expects to top $1 million in savings next year” (Source).
For a small firm, Microgrid has an impressive Sustainability Policy guiding its operations, with specific goals and partnerships addressing carbon neutrality, green purchasing and recycling. Take a look! Overall, Microgrid Energy is setting an example in the region and helping to educate both homeowners and businesses, so be sure to keep an eye on them!
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