For Immediate Release - November 24, 2008
Siemon Extends Its "Green" Operations Initiative with Clean Solar Power
Watertown, CT — As part of Siemon's ongoing environmental stewardship initiative, the company has launched an aggressive solar energy program at its Watertown, CT Corporate Headquarters and North American Manufacturing Campus.
Construction is well underway on a 217KW, 15,600 square-foot solar power system at Siemon's Dynamic Manufacturing Facility. When completed in Q4 2008, this clean and renewable energy system will reduce this power hungry operation's dependence on non-renewable energy sources.
Supported in part by a grant from the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund, Siemon's solar installation will provide a yearly greenhouse gas reduction of 159 metric tons - equivalent to the yearly output of 30 automobiles, or 18,000 gallons of gasoline. The energy generated would be sufficient to power up to 21 homes.
According to Paul Knickerbocker, Siemon's Facilities Manager, implementing a solar energy system is just one step in balancing ongoing business needs with Siemon's ongoing environmental commitment: "You have to approach green efforts like CO2 reductions from as many angles as possible. When we combine solar with Siemon's other efforts like more efficient power usage, increased recycling levels and forest land preservation activities, our carbon footprint really starts to shrink."
Knickerbocker went on to explain that by implementing these efforts in phases, Siemon was able to make huge environmental strides without disrupting core business activities and in fact, most green programs offered opportunities to reduce operational costs.
This dual benefit is central to Siemon's environmental stewardship initiative. "We want this installation to be an example for other manufacturers", explained Knickerbocker. "We want to prove that renewable energy is not just smart environmental policy, but smart business. If our success can help convince other companies to implement greener energy practices, the positive impact could be huge."
Learn more about Siemon green initiatives and view an interactive gallery at: http://www.siemon.com/go/green
- About Siemon
- Established in 1903, Siemon is an industry leader specializing in the design and manufacture of high quality, high performance IT infrastructure solutions and services for Data Centers, LANs and Intelligent Buildings. Headquartered in Connecticut, USA, with global sales, technical and logistics expertise spanning 100 countries, Siemon offers the most comprehensive suites of copper and optical fiber cabling systems, cabinets, racks, cable management, data center power and cooling systems and Intelligent Infrastructure Management solutions. With more than 400 patents specific to structured cabling, Siemon Labs invests heavily in R&D and the development of Industry Standards, underlining the company's long-standing commitment to its customers and the industry. Through an ongoing commitment to waste and energy reduction, Siemon's environmental sustainability benchmarks are unparalleled in the industry, including 179% global carbon negativity and zero-landfill status
- Siemon Interconnect Solutions (SIS) is a Siemon business unit comprised of a team of dedicated technical sales professionals supported by Siemon Labs, mechanical, electrical and signal integrity engineers committed to solving industry and customer driven interconnect challenges. We provide custom network infrastructure solutions to: OEM's, Leading Manufacturers, Value-Added Resellers and System Integrators.
- About the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF)
- CCEF was created by the Connecticut General Assembly and is funded by the electric ratepayers. CCEF's mission is to promote, develop and invest in clean energy sources for the benefit of Connecticut's ratepayers in order to strengthen Connecticut's economy, protect community health, improve the environment and promote a secure energy supply for the state. CCEF is administered by Connecticut Innovations, a quasi-public authority. For more information on CCEF, please visit www.CTcleanenergy.com.
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