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Project Inspiration: Solar Panel Installation
NAU Country Insurance Company is the #2 Multi-Peril Crop Insurance provider in North America and protects more than 62 million acres of cropland for American farmers and agents (that’s almost the size of the entire state of Colorado!). NAU Country is part of QBE Insurance Group Limited, which is committed to creating a more resilient future and helping people achieve their goals with confidence.
Sustainability is a crucial part of QBE’s values and is integrated into every aspect of its business. By prioritizing sustainability and staying informed about environmental, social, and governance trends, QBE aims to better understand its customers’ needs and ensure the sustainability of its own operations in a rapidly changing world. It was this commitment to both their customers and the environment that drove their decision to switch to solar.
NAU’s Switch to Solar Panels Systems
QBE/NAU decided to make the switch to solar in 2021. After having carefully looked through proposals from several local and regional solar providers, they chose Cedar Creek Energy as their preferred solar energy supplier for their corporate office in Ramsey, MN.
“We chose Cedar Creek Energy because of their thorough explanation of the installation process and their transparency from the start,” said Julie Berg, AVP Enterprise Procurement.
This site runs a print shop and data center, both of which use a considerable amount of power. Cedar Creek Energy took a close look at both the electric meters and their energy loads and worked with QBE/NAU to understand their operations to have the greatest impact on their bill.
Before the solar installation, NAU had a new roof installed on their building. We worked closely with the roofing company to ensure that every single one of the 351 new solar panels was installed properly and expertly in full accordance with the roofing warranty.
The Final Result: NAU’s Solar Panel Installation by Cedar Creek Energy
QBE/NAU is now the proud owner of a 143.9 DC kWh solar array, which is set to generate approximately 170,000 kWh annually, which will offset the entire facility’s energy usage by 18%. The solar array will also prevent over 265,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions annually!
“Cedar Creek successfully navigated through weather related events, supply chain issues, labor shortage due to unforeseen illnesses, and coordinating schedules with applicable contractors & utilities to complete installation – all of which went extremely smooth!” Said Carl Eriksen, AVP – Real Estate, Facilities & Print-Mail
QBE/NAU and Cedar Creek Energy are glad to be partners in sustainable business efforts! At Cedar Creek Energy, it is particularly special for us to work with national and international companies – we are inspired and honored when the benefits of our solar projects extend beyond our state. We are proud to play a role in NAU’s mission to continue to serve American farmers.