Reducing Global Footprint, One Roof at a Time
With six offices in Australia, three in Europe, plus a network of international partners, the Polyglot Group — like any other global business — leaves a trail of carbon footprints all across the globe. The best way to combat their large energy consumption during working hours was to turn solar... and they’re not turning back.
Green Energy Translates into Real Savings
The Polyglot Group is home to passionate professionals who offer cross-cultural solutions to businesses across all industries, helping companies to expand and optimise their local operations with ease. Now they’re optimising their own business by going solar.
For office buildings, it’s normal to run air conditioners daily in the summer and heaters daily in the winter. Unfortunately, high electricity costs are also normal and leave companies with a large utility bill every month. The Polyglot Group relied on Energy Matters / SunEdison to install a renewable solution that turns golden sunshine into golden dollar coins.
“Prior to installation, both companies committed resources to check the design layout, confirm the return on investment calculations, and ensure prompt equipment delivery,” said Jan Rieche, Polyglot’s internal renewable energy advocate, who heads up the company’s global Renewable Energy and Engineering business. “Enphase also demonstrated unparalleled support when they sent a technical engineer to the site to help us activate the system’s communications and monitoring software.”
One major concern of the Polyglot Group with adding solar was that the installation process would be noisy and disruptive to the business as well as to the people working in the office during the day.
“Enphase’s easy-to-install technology allowed for a fast installation, and the collaboration between Enphase and the installer went smoothly and efficiently, with no disruption to our business at all,” said Rieche.
Making Solar a Feel-Good Project
Aside from saving money and reducing dependency on electricity from the grid, the Polyglot Group experienced personal benefits from the decision to go solar.
“The awareness of renewable energy, energy saving, and recycling has always been a high priority for our organisation, but the installation process and especially Enphase’s monitoring software really allowed us to get involved in a new way,” said Rieche. “We’re also planning to use Enlighten to display the system’s production on our website so the public can see not only that we have solar, but see the impact it is making.”
The Polyglot Group’s new system is estimated to pay back the investment in full in four years, and provide an ongoing 60% savings on electricity costs.