Cox Printers in New Jersey shares the wealth of solar energy by sponsoring a portion of a solar panel installation for a local Veterans of Foreign Wars post. The sponsorship is taking place through SolarCure’s Adopt-a-Solar-Panel program.
Cox Printers in New Jersey already has a 36kW solar energy system and two wind turbines on its roof, partially powering a five-color press and pre-press operations. Now the company has decided to share the wealth of solar energy by participating in SolarCure’s Adopt-a-Solar-Panel program, sponsoring a portion of a solar panel installation on a local Veterans of Foreign Wars post.
Through the Adopt-a-Solar-Panel program, organizations sponsor a solar panel by purchasing a portion of a panel, which is designated and installed for a specific nonprofit organization. The nonprofit then uses the energy generated by the solar panels, which translates into free energy in addition to generating income through earning SRECs (Solar Renewable Energy Credits). The money the nonprofit saves through decreased energy bills can be put to better use toward the nonprofits’ mission.
The program combines the causes of green energy, veterans in need of employment — SolarCure employs veterans for promotion and installation — and support for the nonprofit community.
For Kaufman, the opportunity to participate in SolarCure’s Adopt-a-Solar-Panel Program is another chance to “walk the walk,” he said. “I can donate to a veteran cause, train a veteran, and put a solar panel on a VFW post. Show me the negative.”
In addition to the solar installation and wind turbines, the commercial printer recycles more than 10,000 pounds of paper each month and plans for its 2014 campaign to plant trees each month based on their paper consumption; uses non-petroleum-based inks; recycles its wooden skids into industrial-grade mulch; has high-efficiency lighting throughout the building; and maintains a roof garden to help with water runoff. The flowers are pollinated by the printer’s own two honey bee hives housed on the roof, which yielded 60 pounds of honey for this fall’s harvest.
“All this costs money, but we do it for three reasons,” said Mike Kaufman, president and owner of Cox Printers. “First, I’m a father and I feel it’s the right thing to do, to leave the planet better than I found it. And it’s not hard to do.
“Second, as an investment it eventually breaks even — we’re saving $500 to $600 a month off of our electric bill plus the value of the solar SREC’s.”
Third, there’s the benefit of public relations. “If you are a person or a company who claims to care about your environmental report card, when you work with us your printing is done by the greenest printer in New Jersey and beyond,” Kaufman concluded.