Windfree works with commercial operations to help meet an organization’s sustainability goals and offset their energy use. Our turnkey renewable energy generation systems help businesses insulate themselves from utility increases that may have great impacts on their bottom line. These systems also help a business lower its carbon footprint. System sizes have ranged from 10kW to upwards of 300 kW solar systems. Several clients have augmented their solar installations with small wind turbines and electric vehicle charging stations.
Grace Lutheran Church
River Forest, IL
Churches and schools across Illinois have been a driving force in the growth of Solar in the state. Solar projects align well with the values of most churches and schools and Illinois’ incentive programs provide them with the financial capacity to make their renewable energy aspirations come to life.
Solar system size: 77.0 kW
Annual energy production: 91,228 kWh
Annual CO2 reduction: 60 tons
Annual cost savings: $5,465
Trees planted over 10 years: 40,902
Whiskey Acres Distilling Co.
From the sun to your drinking glass. Distilleries consume a lot of energy and businesses like Whiskey Acres have already taken advantage of the great solar incentives in Illinois. Renewable energy systems can help attract customers while also showcasing a company’s environmental responsibility.
Solar system size: 85 kW
Annual energy production: 90,900 kWh
Annual cost savings: $6,850
Maple Park, IL
Over the past few years, farms have been big players in the solar market in Illinois. Agricultural businesses have varying seasonal energy demands and plenty of land, allowing them to capitalize on the many benefits of renewable energy. ComEd and Ameren’s Solar rebates have been huge in making the return on investment for farms and other commercial properties very attractive and feasible.
Solar system size: 250 kW
Annual energy production: 334,321 kWh
Annual cost savings: $20,120
Annual passenger cars off the road: 1,253
Gallatin Manor Retirement and Rehabilitation Centers
Carmi and Ridgway, IL
Solar knows no bounds in Illinois. This nursing and rehabilitation center in Southern Illinois is a combined roof and ground-mounted project that aims to help the facility financially and operationally, offsetting just under 90 percent of its total energy consumption.
Solar system size: 584 kW
Annual energy production: 763,075
The four featured projects make up 84,600 watts of solar. The roof and ground mount systems help to offset operating expenses and qualified for various incentives that made these systems profitable quickly.
Locations include: Babson Farms, 7 Oaks Farm, Drucker Farm, and Midwest Ground Cover.
Solar system size: 84.6 kW
Annual energy production: 110,000 kWh
Annual cost savings: $13,350
Annual CO2 reduction: 77 tons
Annual trees planted: 3,076
1st Equity Bank
The 45,000 watt project covers nearly half of the building’s surface. The system produces nearly 60,000 kWh of electricity a year, which offsets over $7,200 in energy costs.
Solar System Size: 45 kW
Annual energy production: 59,850 kWh
Annual cost savings: $7,260
Annual CO2 reduction: 41 tons
Forest View, IL
This featured solar installation is a very common roof mounted system that can conveniently be installed on multiple business rooftops. This project has a very strong financial return on investment while showing customers a commitment to making a positive impact.
Solar system size: 25.3 kW
Annual energy production: 33,650 kWh
Annual CO2 Reduction: 23 tons
Annual cost savings: $4,100
Annual trees planted: 919
Vertical vain wind turbines form a spinning garden with a small ground mounted solar array. The roof of the dealership houses a 35,000 watt solar system to offset electric use. The LEED Certified building uses 35 percent less energy than a normal building of its size.
Solar system size: 36.4kW
Wind system size: 6kW
Annual energy production: 55,120kWh
Annual cost savings: $6,690
Annual CO2 reduction: 38.2 tons