Mercury Marine has installed its first array of photovoltaic solar panels at its world headquarters in Fond du Lac, Wis. The news was announced this morning in a press release from the marine propulsion and accessories company.
The world’s leading manufacturer of recreational marine engines and accessories, Mercury Marine has made a power move of its own at its Wisconsin headquarters. Photo by Pete Boden copyright Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
According to the release, the solar array was installed on a section of the campus’ warehouse roof. It includes 320, six-foot- wide, four-foot-tall solar panels.
The array will generate enough electricity to light the company’s warehouse operation in Fond du Lac for the next 30 years, the release stated.
According to Mercury Marine president Chris Drees, the new array in Fond du Lac will “contribute toward fulfillment” of a goal he announced at the beginning of 2020 to derive 50 percent of the company’s electricity from renewable sources by the end of 2030.
“These steps will combine with many others over the next 10 years to increase the proportion of energy we will draw from renewable energy sources,” Drees said in the release. “We are committed to our focus on sustainable business practices, including investment in renewable energy and reduction of our carbon footprint. We will continue to elevate our commitment to sustainability across all of our global locations.”
Mercury launched its first solar project in 2017 with the installation of a 2,000‑panel array at the company’s European headquarters in Petit Rechain, Belgium. That solar array, combined with improved insulation at the location, reportedly reduces the amount of electricity the facility draws from the grid by 33 percent.