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Art to Remember, a company transforming student art into keepsakes and known for sponsoring art-related fundraisers in schools, made a significant shift towards sustainability under CEO Bill Boncosky. The decision to power their new Indianapolis headquarters with solar energy was driven by more than financial motives; it was about making a positive environmental impact and reflecting the company’s values.
After outgrowing its original 25,000-square-foot facility, Art to Remember, under Boncosky’s vision, embarked on constructing a new 35,000-square-foot building in 2017. The company’s high energy usage for temperature-controlled spaces made solar power an attractive option for reducing electricity costs and minimizing environmental footprint.
Solential Energy was tasked with designing and building a roof-mounted solar array for the new headquarters. The project involved advanced planning to accommodate the 298-panel, 7.5-ton solar array. Successfully completed within tight deadlines to qualify for tax credits, the solar installation was operational by the end of 2017.
Art to Remember now enjoys a significant reduction in energy costs, saving an average of $1,500 per month, and has achieved an 80% reduction in carbon emissions. The solar system’s performance is tracked in real-time using Solential’s Solview app, with monitors placed around the production area for staff to observe energy generation. This transparency not only boosts team morale but also enhances the company’s appeal as an environmentally conscious employer.
For CEO Boncosky, the move to solar power aligns with the company’s ethos and demonstrates a commitment to the community and the environment. The project serves as a beacon, showing that adopting solar energy is not just a cost-saving measure but a reflection of a company’s culture and long-term investment in sustainability.