Schaus-Vorhies Manufacturing

Project Summary

Situated on a former contamination site, the Schaus-Vorhies Manufacturing (SVM) solar field is standout example of putting unused land to productive, revenue-generating use.

As of 2016, the half-megawatt array is the largest privately owned industrial solar installation in Iowa. The $1.2 million project will pay for itself within 5-6 years, and cover 100% of the company’s electrical needs on a net-annual basis.

SVM has a long history of community-oriented and sustainability-focused projects with emphasis on achieving LEED construction milestones. The company also gave the use of its land, power, and water for an insulated greenhouse as part of the Iowa Department of Agriculture’s Farm-to-School Program. Now the company’s restored industrial brownfield has a new purpose as a sustainable, clean energy source.

Project Facts

Location

Fairfield, Iowa

Size

500 kW

Payback

5-6 years

Rate of Return

23%

Project Estimations

Annual Production

651,809,029 kWh

Annual Utility Savings

$87,248

25 Year Utility Savings

$2,301,319,133

Carbon Emission Reduction

10,587 metric tons of CO2

Their words

“We didn’t seriously consider solar power until we saw the projected savings. The numbers spoke for themselves. The reason this was an easy decision for us to make on a $1.2 million investment was because of the very limited risk.”

– Roger Vorhies, Vice-President of Schaus-Vorhies Companies

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*Estimated 25 year utility savings are above and beyond the installed system cost with incentives, and are based on current utility electrical rates and predicted future utility rates. Production data is based on NREL and PV Watts.

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