Shepard Exposition Services, a leading national general service contractor in the exhibition industry, completed the company’s first installation of a roof-top solar power system.
Plugged-in atop their Hills Place West Atlanta facility, the 50kW solar power system developed and installed by Atlanta-based company Hannah Solar will offset the building’s electrical consumption using 100 percent clean energy.
The project comes as part of Shepard’s long-term commitment to sustainability—which includes the promise of an environmentally conscious workplace. The newly-installed system, made up of 159 photovoltaic solar panels, can produce an estimated 72,000 kilowatt hours of clean energy a year.
Shepard was especially interested in pursuing solar as it directly supports long-time clients, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA), the organizers of multiple large-scale tradeshows and regional events that cater to the growth and development of solar across the U.S.
“Our relationship with these associations has fostered the growth of many strong relationships within the solar community,” said Richard Maples, executive vice president of sales, Shepard. “As a result, we’ve learned a great deal about renewable energy and are happy that our corporate principles align with the support of solar initiatives.”
“We couldn’t be happier about our decision to bring solar to our facilities. This installation marks an important milestone for us,” said Steve Basch, CFO and sustainability officer, Shepard. “Our facilities have made significant investments in infrastructure advancements to increase the conservation of both energy and water. This is a big step forward in reducing our environmental footprint.”
Shepard will continue to research and invest in programs that build upon their sustainability platform with hopes of bringing solar power installations to all of their properties in the future.