Sun Powered Steel
In 2015, Louis Industries installed a 1,200 panel, 500 kilowatt solar array on the roof of their facility. The panels cover nearly an acre of roof space and produce 625,000-kilowatt hours of energy annually – enough to power 60 homes for an entire year. “We’ve always been ahead of what’s happening out there – constantly building and growing with our customers,” says Leo Louis. “We didn’t do this because we were forced to, we’ve just been doing what fits our business.”
Today, the panels produce about 60% of the power Louis Industries uses for its manufacturing operations. Additionally, the company sells excess energy they generate back to Xcel. “We’re a huge power consumer. For us to stabilize power at a 2014 rate for the next 20 to 25 years was phenomenal,” Lance explains.