We Can Do More
All companies work to generate profits and create value, but the best run-companies do more. They have a broader, more complete view of corporate responsibility that is focused on creating value for all. That mindset has helped pilot our business for 30 years, emphasizing long-term success over short-term gains. As we grow, so does the positive impact we have on our clients, the communities we serve, and the environment. We are dedicated to maximizing that impact on and off the balance sheet.
That means continuing current initiatives like our Sunrise Educational Program and our efforts promoting local workforce development, while starting new ones like our partnership with the American Forests Organization to plant one tree for every kilowatt of solar we install.
We help our clients succeed on and off the balance sheet. From energy savings to educational programs, your goals are our priority.
We are working to ensure that ALL community members have the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of solar energy.
Our commitment to sustainability extends far beyond our rooftop crews. We’ve implemented environmentally conscious practices across every aspect of our business.
Turning Solar Into Saplings
Climate change can’t be solved without fully using the power of forests to help capture and store carbon dioxide emissions generated by human activity. More than 14 percent of U.S. carbon emissions each year are absorbed by our forests, and there is potential to grow this natural carbon sink by restoring our forests and planting more trees.
American Forests is the oldest national conservation organization in the country. They have been working to restore threatened forest ecosystems and inspire people to value and protect urban and wildland forests for over 140 years.
Expanding the tree canopy of our nation’s forests will improve the quality of life for residents and make our communities more sustainable, beautiful and livable. We’re honored to be working with a great organization like American Forests to help make this happen!
Our Green Commitment
Like most solar companies, we tick many boxes to be considered green-minded just by doing our day-to-day installation work, but our commitment to sustainability extends far beyond our rooftop crews. We’ve implemented environmentally conscious practices across every aspect of our business.
Our office is home to a 20kW solar array and electric vehicle charging stations available to clients and employees. Every lighbulb has been replaced with low-voltage LED lights and our new lobby facade was constructed with local reclaimed wood.
In the field, we couple solar gardens with pollinator-friendly plants and apiaries. In the community, we sponsor local environmental and renewable energy nonprofits and events, including hosting our first annual Solstice Solarbration Fundraiser in 2019, which raised over $4,000 for good causes.
This company-wide sustainability push resulted in us being named the ‘Greenest Contractor in the Nation’ by Solar Power World Magazine.
Bringing Solar To Schools
IPS Solar has been helping K-12 schools, colleges and universities make the switch to solar for over a decade. After a few years, we began to get questions from school administrators and teachers about how they could incorporate solar energy into their classroom. We embraced the opportunity to educate the next generation of energy leaders and created the Sunrise Program. This program is dedicated to developing innovative and engaging educational content about solar energy.
We offer schools complete STEM programs designed to spark students’ curiosity and give them the tools they will ultimately need for success. Our Sunrise Program offers schools classroom presentations, fully developed STEM curricula and educator workshops that can be mixed and matched to best serve each community.
Solar That Works For All
Community solar projects are typically aimed at off-takers that have greater financial standing — corporate or municipal customers or high-income residents — and don’t necessarily represent the residents of the community where a system is installed.
IPS Solar is working to change that. In 2018, we installed a community solar array on the rooftop of Shiloh Temple International Ministries, a church in North Minneapolis. Instead of opening enrollment to anyone, we first offered subscriptions to congregation members, neighborhood residents and smaller businesses in the area.
We are planning more community solar projects like Shiloh Temple that prioritize underserved communities, like our ongoing project at Red Lake Indian Reservation in Northwest Minnesota. The company has also joined local stakeholders in the Just Solar Coalition, a group pushing for inclusivity in solar generation in Minnesota.
We also encourages workforce development for residents in communities often overlooked by solar. In fact, part of the team that installed the Shiloh Temple solar garden lives in North Minneapolis, have installed other projects in the area and continue to work in the industry.
Take the RE100 Pledge
RE100 is a collaborative, global initiative uniting more than 100 influential businesses committed to 100% renewable electricity, working to massively increase demand for – and delivery of – renewable energy.
Companies joining RE100 are strongly encouraged to set a public goal to source 100% of their global electricity consumption from renewable sources by a specified year. They disclose their electricity data annually, and RE100 reports on their progress.
Many companies you know have committed to have 100% clean energy through the RE100 pledge.
Keeping an Eye On CO2
PPM means “parts per million.” It’s the unit scientists use to measure the concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere. Today, experts measure the earth’s PPM CO2 at 410.79 PPM, which is the highest ever recorded. Most scientists agree that increased CO2 in the atmosphere resulting from the burning of fossil fuels is causing the majority of global warming. As a result of this, sea levels are rising, natural landmarks are being destroyed, and many species are dying out.
One way to combat rising CO2 levels is to switch to a renewable energy source like solar power. Using solar power can reduce air and water pollution along with cutting down on hazardous waste produced by coal-fired power plants.