Madison,
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December
2016
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09:20 PM
America/Chicago

Soak up the sun: Eden Prairie saves with solar power

Summary

The use of solar energy is becoming more popular each year. Here is one example of American Family incorporating this sustainable technology.

In the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, home to American Family's Eden Prairie, Minnesota office, the average solar power system consists of 96 panels and generates 20-40 kilowatts per year. In comparison, American Family's Eden Prairie office roof is made up of 438 panels and generates 180 kilowatts. Our panels—which were installed in May 2016—are nearly five times larger than the area average.

The solar panels—which are projected to have a service life of 30-35 years — cover the entire roof of building three. “This project was really a no-brainer,” says Eden Prairie Facilities and Support Manager Jim Williams. “Not only will the panels save approximately $28,400 each year, but they’ll also greatly reduce carbon dioxide emissions.”

What’s next?

American Family is doubling down on our commitment to environmental sustainability by establishing new energy goals, including having our buildings rely on a larger percentage of alternative electricity over time, with an extra emphasis on generating electricity on site when it makes financial and environmental sense to do so.

Corporate Responsibility

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) at American Family is focused on creating social, environmental and economic good as proactive protectors of what matters most. Community support is one of three pillars, all of which comprise the total CSR at American Family:

  • Community: Lead collaboration in community involvement and investments, and empower our communities.
  • Environment: Reduce our environmental footprint, and integrate sustainability principles and practices to services and communities.
  • People: Share our knowledge, expertise and best practices with our customers, and commit to responsible partnerships.

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About American Family Insurance

Madison, Wis. - based American Family Insurance is the nation's 13th-largest property/casualty insurance group and ranks 332 on the Fortune 500 list. The company sells American Family-brand products, including auto, homeowners, life, business and farm/ranch insurance, through its exclusive agents in 19 states. American Family affiliates (The General, Homesite and AssureStart) also provide options for consumers who want to manage their insurance matters directly over the Internet or by phone. Web www.amfam.com; Facebook www.facebook.com/amfam; Twitter www.twitter.com/amfam; Google+ plus.google.com/+amfam/.