Properties Magazine November 2012 : Page 22

Mars Goes Solar Solar installation at Mars Electric headquarters brings range of benefits By Ray Abouhassan Mars Electric ver the last couple years, Mars Electric, a nationally ranked top 200 electrical distributor serv-ing Northeast Ohio since 1952, started providing solar energy components to its customers. At first, customer inquiries were exploratory and infrequent making it a challenge for Mars Electric to stock solar products at its 11 branch locations. Mars’ sales personnel would field the customer’s request and source the materials from the manufacturer. O As inquiries and sales grew, Mars Electric moved to better serve the growing demand for photovoltaic (PV) system components in Northeast Ohio. Mars Electric utilized its Green Solutions Department to evaluate and develop an optimal way to support and supply the contractors currently servicing, and those looking to service, the PV market in our area. After several months of research and planning, Mars Electric felt the best way to achieve its goal was to install a Solar (PV) System at its headquarters in Willoughby. “This was an easy decision to make,” says Mars’ Vice President Dan Nitowsky. “By installing the 2.8 kilo-watt PV array and utilizing both string inverter and microinverter technolo-gies in the roof-mounted PV system, Mars’ solar project is capable of accomplishing several valuable goals. We were able to offer our custom-ers an opportunity to get NABCEP AFFORDING OPPORTUNITY A newly installed, roof-mounted PV system at Mars Electric’s headquarters in Willoughby will be utilized for customer demonstrations, in addition to providing energy savings. PV Installer certification training locally, invest in our sales staff by providing NABCEP PV Sales train-ing, and reduce the electrical costs at Mars’ headquarters. Mars is gaining a resource in the form of a working PV array as well. Our staff can use it for demonstrations, and our customers Our headquarters in Willoughby is now home to the first Solar System installed on Mars! Is Your Building in Shape? We’ll help you lose watts and save money. ww mars electric co 3L[[OL 4HYZ.YLLU:VS\[PVUZ;LHT NL[`V\YI\PSKPUNPUZOHWLI` WYV]PKPUNJ\Z[VTZVS\[PVUZ[OH[HYLYPNO[MVY`V\YI\ZPULZZ 22 800.288.6277 | 440.946.2250 3URSHUWLHV | November 2012

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