PIP in Peoria, IL is taking energy into its own hands.
Last spring, Shane Parker and his team started researching the idea of
producing all of their own electricity onsite.
“We knew that the rate of return would have it paying for
itself within around five years,” said Parker. “With the cost of
electricity increasing substantially each year, it was a no brainer for us. In
the last two years, we had already upgraded our building to include a new roof,
a more efficient heating and cooling system, LED lighting throughout the
building with light sensors that shut off as we leave a room, so the last big
piece for our building was to go solar. All of the little things we had done to
be more energy efficient have been paying off, but this was the last big piece to
truly make us self-sustainable.”
During the summer months, when it is really sunny, the
PIP center will be able to sell overproduction of energy back to the grid and
its local utility company. The utility company will then store those as credits
for the center to use in the winter months when they don't have as much solar
production happening due to overcast days.
The team admitted that they were not well-versed in solar
in the beginning, but they conducted a lot of research for a company that could
install the project from beginning to end. “Unfortunately, this is fairly new
to central Illinois, so we did not have a lot of options, and ultimately used a
company out of state,” said Parker.
Parker added, “Although it took a lot longer than we
anticipated, we are looking forward to the benefits for years to come. We can't
wait for our first electricity bills to start trickling in to see the
monthly payoff, which will then lead to yearly payoffs.”
Marketing, Signs, Print
PIP is a print, signs and marketing services provider that
specializes in the creation and execution of growth-oriented solutions for
small- to medium-sized businesses. Through a worldwide network of nearly 400
franchises and affiliates PIP offers robust digital and offset printing,
signage, integrated marketing campaigns, mailing and fulfillment services,
promotional products, graphic design and websites, including online
For more than 50 years, PIP has received numerous awards
and recognition in both the printing and franchise industries including the Franchise Times Top 200, Entrepreneur Franchise 500, Quick Printing Top 100, Printing Impressions 400, Franchise 50
Awards from Franchise Business Review.
8325 N Allen Rd.