Manufacturing Sustainability: Green Manufacturing News

Solberg Manufacturing Commits to Renewable Energy

posted by William R. Stott
Published: February 09, 2009

Solberg Manufacturing earned the right to use the Green-e Logo by buying renewable energy through the Green-e Marketplace

The Center for Resource Solutions announced today that Solberg Manufacturing, Inc. joined Green-e® Marketplace by purchasing enough Green-e Certified renewable energy to meet 100% of the annual electricity needs for its entire U.S. operations. The Itasca, IL–based company purchased 891 MWh of Green-e Energy Certified renewable energy certificates (RECs) from Blue Star Energy. As a member of Green-e Marketplace, Solberg Manufacturing can now display the Green-e logo to inform consumers that they purchased 100% Green-e Certified renewable energy.

"Solberg Manufacturing has partnered with Green-e Marketplace as a means to voluntarily contribute to the renewable energy market and reduce carbon emissions," said Travis Solberg, Solberg Manufacturing Sustainability Manager. "In joining Marketplace, we at Solberg Manufacturing are telling our employees, customers, and family members that we are committed to our planet and our role in it."

Solberg Manufacturing will display the Green-e logo, the national symbol for renewable energy excellence, to help its customers identify its superior products and services that were produced using certified renewable energy in its headquarters and manufacturing facility. Solberg joins a growing list of companies and organizations that are taking real action to reduce their share of greenhouse gas emissions. Electricity generated from renewable sources results in less environmental waste and pollution, and displaces other non-renewable sources from the electric grid. Solberg Manufacturing's purchase of electricity generated from nearly emissions-free renewable sources avoids carbon dioxide emissions and serves to build the market for renewable energy nationwide, increasing the incentives for building new facilities. Currently, renewable energy accounts for only about two percent of total electricity generation nationwide.

"Solberg Manufacturing's commitment to clean, renewable energy is a clear reflection of the company's mission and product lines that enhance the health of our businesses and global environment," said Arthur O'Donnell, executive director of Center for Resource Solutions, which administers Green-e Marketplace. "Consumers can look with confidence to the Green-e logo as proof that Solberg Manufacturing's environmental claims are backed by an independent agent to ensure the highest levels of quality and commitment."

The RECs purchased by Solberg Manufacturing were certified by Green-e Energy. The program provides independent, third-party certification to ensure certified renewable energy meets strict environmental and consumer protection standards, including ensuring renewable energy is sourced from verified, new facilities; not double-counted towards any state's renewable energy goal; and retired on behalf of the purchaser. By joining Green-e Marketplace, Solberg Manufacturing is submitting to auditing procedures that verify the organization's purchase, allowing them to use the Green-e logo.