NOW Foods, award-winning manufacturer of natural dietary supplements, health foods, and personal care products, recently completed the installation of a Solar Panel Grid System. Strategically located atop the northwest corner of NOW’s 250,000 sq foot manufacturing facility, the 7,095 watt solar energy system is made up of thirty-three (33) individual 215 watt solar modules, along with one power inverter. A solar grid of this magnitude can generate 10,358 kilowatt hours (kH) of electricity per year, on average.
Over the course of one year, this new system will eliminate 12,366 pounds of carbon dioxide, 18 pounds of Nitrous Oxide, and 13 pounds of Sulfur Dioxide from entering the atmosphere. This equates to not driving a car for 15,618 miles and planting one acre of trees.
Dan Mirjanic, NOW’s engineering manager, said “the solar grid has been positioned for the greatest efficiency possible, and in a manner which allows for future expansion.”
Over the past decade, NOW has made substantial efforts to set an example of environmental sustainability throughout their community, as well as the natural products industry as a whole. In addition to being awarded the Earth Flag for Business in 2006, the Illinois Recycling Association’s Award for Outstanding Business Recycling in 2007, and the Governor’s Award for Pollution Prevention in 2008, NOW continues to implement innovative new methods for reducing waste, conserving energy, and minimizing the company’s carbon footprint.
Founded by Elwood Richard in 1968, NOW has grown from a small, family operation, to a highly respected, global manufacturer of natural health products. Today, NOW manufactures and distributes over 1,500 dietary supplements, natural foods, sports nutrition, and personal care products. NOW’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility has been GMP certified since 2000, and its quality testing labs are among the most advanced in their industry. The company has over 400 employees and its products are sold in more than 60 countries. For over 40 years, the company has remained family owned and operated, and committed to its original mission of providing value in products and services that empower people to lead healthier lives.
For more information about NOW Foods, visit www.nowfoods.com.