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Solar set up leading to a bright future


As we mark earth week, Sean Hyland shines a light on the impact the largest solar panel set up at American Family has on the company and the community.

Sixteen months after American Family’s record-setting number of solar panels started harvesting the sun’s power at National Headquarters, we’re using the experience and harnessing the data to make adjustments, plan for the future and engage with the community.

In the first full year after we flipped the switch to power up the 4,488 solar panels in Madison, we have generated slightly more than the projected 1.25 million kilo-watt hours of electricity. That’s enough energy to offset 6.7% of the energy consumption of National Headquarters. 

Put another way, our panels would have provided electricity to 157 homes.

But there is more to value about the investment beyond the hard numbers. Read more on the idea-sharing site Medium.


WORT FM radio appearance

Linda Wagener, media relations, Heather Allen, WORT-FM, Dan Rosetta, facilities operations director, Sean Hyland, facilities program administrator talking about the large solar array at American Family's national headquarters. Listen to a segment of the interview below.


Spreading the solar message on WORT-FM

Discussion of American Family's solar set up at NHQ

About American Family Insurance

Madison, Wisconsin-based American Family Insurance group is the nation's 13th-largest property/casualty insurance group and ranks No. 311 on the Fortune 500 list. The company sells American Family-brand products, including auto, homeowners, life, business and farm/ranch insurance, primarily through its exclusive agents in 19 states. American Family affiliates (The General and Homesite) also provide options for consumers who want to manage their insurance matters directly over the internet or by phone. Affiliate Main Street America sells insurance products through independent agents. Web; Facebook; Twitter