Champion Brands, a premier beverage sales company, is practicing sustainability with the addition of one of the largest solar panel systems in Jacksonville. The company commissioned A1A Solar Contracting to install the 115.60 kW roof-mounted system on their headquarters located on the Southside and on Tuesday, May 30, the companies will celebrate their environmental accomplishments at an invitation-only ribbon cutting ceremony. The event will begin at 4 p.m. at Champion Brands located at 5571 Florida Mining Boulevard South.
The custom-built solar panel system includes 340 USA made SolarWorld solar modules that are 340 watts each. An average home would require 10 to 20 solar panels to provide enough electricity to be viable. In addition to the solar modules, there are also four 33.3 kW SolarEdge Commercial String Inverters with Power Optimizers. The solar panel system offsets Champion Brands energy usage by 169,081 kilowatt-hours per year or 19 percent of the facilities annual usage and will save the company $763,000 in avoided power costs over the system’s lifetime.
“Reducing our impact on the environment is very important to us and we are always looking for ways to decrease our carbon footprint,” said Earl Benton, president of Champion Brands. “Investing in this system will lower our overall corporate utility cost, which will allow us to better serve our customers and give back to the community.”
The solar panels increase energy output, allow for real-time monitoring and increase Champion Brands’ power independence. The carbon dioxide offset from the solar panel system is equivalent to 119 metric tons per year, which is equal to the greenhouse gas emissions from 284,785 miles driven by an average passenger vehicle.
Pete Wilking, president and founder of A1A Solar Contracting said, “If 100 additional companies in greater Jacksonville area followed suit, we could reduce the ecological footprint of Jacksonville by 1,260 tons of CO2 emissions per year.”
In addition to the solar panels, Champion Brands has also adopted other environmentally friendly practices. They only use LED lights at the facility, which consume less electricity, and have converted their fleet of trucks to compressed natural gas (CNG). Benton also championed the efforts and donated the land to build the first public-access compressed natural gas station in Northeast Florida.
About Champion Brands
Champion Brands is a Jacksonville-based premier beverage sales company, which serves customers and suppliers in Florida and Georgia. The company was established in 1985 and has a superior brand portfolio of domestic and imported beverages, including local and regional craft beer, specialty imports, Red Bull energy drinks, ciders and gluten free beverages. Champion Brands utilizes the most innovative techniques for selling and delivering goods to the market and has created a positive work environment for employees who consistently exceed customers’ needs. For more information, visit www.championbrands.net.