NTA Installs 10kW Solar System as Part of Ongoing Sustainability Plan
In August, NTA had a 10kW solar system installed on its file storage building. The energy the solar system harnesses will be sold back to the utility company and is expected to provide a 17% kWh offset year over year.
NTA applied for and received the USDA-sponsored Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) grant to help pay for the solar system. In addition, NTA was approved for the Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) feed-in tariff program, in which NTA will receive a monthly check from NIPSCO for the amount of energy it generates from its solar system.
NTA went with a locally owned and operated energy company based in Nappanee, Ind., for the solar system build and installation — Solar Energy Systems, LLC. “Our solar panels come with a 30-year warranty on output efficiencies,” says Eric Homan, general manager. “This may seem like an extraordinary warranty, but the typical solar system has a remarkable life span of 50 years.”
“This solar system is yet another step in our ongoing sustainability program. Not only are we doing our part to protect the environment, but the solar system will also benefit our bottom line,” says David A. Tompos, LEED AP BD+C, president and CEO at NTA. “We hope to accomplish three things with our sustainability program: Improve the efficiency of all our business operations, reduce our impact on the environment and be a positive contributor to our community.”
Just part of a much bigger sustainability picture
NTA Inc. has long demonstrated a commitment to sustainability. The company offers a number of green building certifications for its clients and its corporate office building has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s prestigious ENERGY STAR, the national symbol for protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. This signifies that NTA’s building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency. Commercial buildings that earn the ENERGY STAR use an average of 35% less energy and release 35% less carbon dioxide than a typical building of the same type.
In 2011, NTA formed its own sustainability committee and adopted the LEED© Reference Guide for Green Building Operation and Maintenance to implement green building practices. By managing energy strategically across the entire organization and by making cost-effective improvements to its buildings, NTA has accomplished:
In addition, NTA participated in a yearlong collaborative learning process in which it applied the globally recognized The Natural Step to help it create strategic, long-term sustainability plans. These plans are even now guiding innovative projects within NTA, such as the new solar system:
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