R.A. Smith National has taken a major step in its commitment to sustainability by installing a solar array and wind turbine on the roof of its Brookfield, Wisconsin headquarters. Arch Electric, Plymouth, Wis., was selected as the designer and installer of the solar PV array and wind turbine because of their extensive experience with renewable energy management.
The solar array includes 84 MAGE solar panels and two Fronius inverters and has a total estimated electrical production of 24,300 kwh (kilowatt hours per year), according to Chris Merklein, general manager, Arch Electric. The array is interconnected to We Energies, although R.A. Smith National is currently using all energy created. Last June R.A. Smith National was successful in applying for incentives from Focus on Energy and a Federal Treasury Grant to help fund the solar array.
A 16-foot, 1,500-watt Swift wind turbine has also been installed to further boost energy efficiencies. R.A. Smith National is the first business in the city of Brookfield and one of only a few in Southeast Wisconsin to install a wind turbine. Arch Electric, Plymouth, Wis., was selected as the designer and installer of the solar PV array and wind turbine because of their extensive experience with renewable energy management.
Richard Smith, president of R.A. Smith National, said the green initiatives are among a number of other energy efficiencies R.A. Smith National has undertaken in recent years, including more efficient lighting, HVAC changes and a new boiler installed this fall.
R.A. Smith National’s alternative energy efforts were recognized by The Greater Brookfield Chamber of Commerce at the second annual Sustainable Brookfield event held in September.
Left to right: Ed Zinthefer, president, and Chris Merklein, LEED AP, general manager, Arch Electric; Richard Smith, P.E., president, and Steve Roncke, senior engineering technician, R.A. Smith National.