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Abt Installs a Solar Panel System at Fairview Elementary School

Monday, September 27th, 2010

A couple weekends ago, an Abt installation crew went to Fairview Elementary School to install a solar panel system.  Officials from Fairview approached Abt for this job because of a grant they received from the State of Illinois to install a solar system.  The panels were mounted on a south facing wall, in the middle of the court yard.  The 1.8 kilowatt system consisted of 8 panels and an Enphase Microinverter system.  The Microinverter system is unique in that it allows the panels to collect the maximum amount of sunlight, regardless if part of the panel is covered by shade or any other obstructers.  Bob Taylor, Director of Operations at Abt, said that “We were very excited to give the school a much larger system than typical to most of these store because of the new products we are using which have a better value for their dollar.”

To view more pictures, click here.  For more information on how Abt can install a solar panel system in your home or building, please leave a comment below.

It's Big Business Saving the World

Monday, October 26th, 2009

 

 

Abt believes environmental responsibility isn’t just the job of individuals. Abt makes a conscious effort, each day, to make the world a greener place than it was the day before. ABC7 visited Abt on Friday to see how a large corporation can impact the environment in a positive way.  ”We’ve put in place a solar panel array on our roofs [and] wind turbines. And we’ve just started selling solar and wind power as well,” said Mark Cook, Abt general manager. Watch the entire ABC7 video.

Along with the energy we are creating and selling, we also have an enormous recycling center for appliances and electronics. We are proud to recycle almost everything that comes from customer homes after delivery and service appointments. The recycling center is open to the public Thursday through Sunday 2pm-7pm. Due to our diligent recycling habits, we have decreased our garbage haul-away cost by $50,000 each year.

In addition to reducing our carbon footprint, we try to reduce the negative impact of Styrofoam, a material that takes 20,000 years to biodegrade. “We came up with a machine that actually densifies it 90% smaller, so now it becomes a raw material that can be sold on the marketplace. People make picture frames or plastic woods and it’s not going into the landfills. It’s being used in a new product,” said Taylor.

Even though we are a large business, we keep our carbon footprint small. “We’re going to take care of the trash; we’re going to give you a more energy-efficient piece. We’re going to take care of making you a more environmentally-friendly consumer,” said Cook.

 

-Kelly B.