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As a leader in commercial solar, SunPeak has developed some of the largest and most complex commercial solar projects across the country. We have worked with an expansive customer list representing industries as diverse as mining and manufacturing to coffee roasting, pharmaceutical research and education. 

With specialization in both roof and ground-mounted systems, SunPeak provides durable, reliable, high-quality and safe solar PV solutions for customer projects of all sizes. Provided here is a sampling of customer case study examples across many industries we have supported:

Distribution

Case Study

Ashley Furniture Industries, the world’s largest furniture manufacturer, is a multi-site, nationwide customer with SunPeak. Solar project metrics provided here showcase a single distribution center in Romeoville, Illinois. The system generates more than 40% of the facility’s energy needs.

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Mounting Type:
Rooftop

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Environmental Savings Impact:
39,135,500 miles of passenger driving

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30-Year Cost Savings:
$3.1 million

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System Capacity:
726 kWdc

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Number of Solar Panels:
2,640

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Industrial Agriculture

Case Study

Tyson Foods, the largest producer of processed protein in the United States, hired SunPeak to build a ground-mounted solar PV system at its feed mill in Aurora, MO. The project was a key component of the company’s “30 by 30” initiative, an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 30% by the year 2030.

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Mounting Type:
Ground

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Environmental Savings Impact:
17,700 tons of CO2

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30-Year Cost Savings:
$3.9 million

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System Capacity:
597 kWdc

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Number of Solar Panels:
1,836

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Data Centers

Case Study

American Family Insurance partnered with SunPeak to build the largest rooftop solar system in the state of Wisconsin at its national headquarters in Madison. The system supports the campus’ data center and generates more than 7% of the overall facility’s energy needs.

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Mounting Type:
Rooftop

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Environmental Savings Impact:
4,664 homes' electricity use for one year

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30-Year Cost Savings:
$5.6 million

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System Capacity:
1.2 MWdc

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Number of Solar Panels:
488

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Mining

Case Study

SunPeak was engaged to complete a substantial solar project to support the high electrical demands of Thelen’s aggregate mining facility. The project, which is one of the largest customer-sited, behind-the-meter installations in the Midwest, was constructed on green space created from mine reclamation. The system offsets more than 30% of the total operation’s power needs using renewable sources.

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Mounting Type:
Ground

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Environmental Savings Impact:
54,800 tons of CO2

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30-Year Cost Savings:
$6.6 million

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System Capacity:
2 MWdc

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Number of Solar Panels:
7,260

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Manufacturing

Case Study

Badger Meter, a leading manufacturer of precision flow measurement and control technologies, employed SunPeak to construct a rooftop solar system on its world headquarters and largest production facility. The system generates 11% of the facility’s energy needs and allows the company to operate more efficiently, cost effectively, and minimize its environmental impact.

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Mounting Type:
Rooftop

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Environmental Savings Impact:
418,800 trees planted

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30-Year Cost Savings:
$3.9 million

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System Capacity:
700 kWdc

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Number of Solar Panels:
2,640

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Badger Meter world headquarters rooftop solar system

Cold Storage

Case Study

Central Storage & Warehouse (CSW), a large refrigerated warehouse company, partnered with SunPeak on three of its largest facilities. SunPeak helped CSW receive federal and state incentives, allowing the projects to be cash flow positive immediately. CSW has the most installed rooftop solar capacity of any private business in the state of Wisconsin.

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Mounting Type:
Rooftop

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Environmental Savings Impact:
83,769,354 miles of passenger driving

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30-Year Cost Savings: 
$13.5 million
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Systems Capacity (Across 3 Sites):
2139 kWdc

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Number of Solar Panels:
8,096

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Food Logistics

Case Study

Certco, an independent grocery distributor servicing over 200 retail stores throughout the Midwest, engaged SunPeak to build a rooftop solar system on its headquarters. The system allows the organization to operate more sustainably while saving money on its electrical needs.

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Mounting Type:
Rooftop

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Environmental Savings Impact:
3,293 homes' electricity use for one year

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30-Year Cost Savings:
$2.8 million

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System Capacity:
726 kWdc

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Number of Solar Panels:
2,640

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Certco headquarters rooftop solar system

Pharmaceuticals

Case Study

Catalent is an international leader in pharmaceutical and consumer health product development, manufacturing and delivery. The organization engaged SunPeak to build a roof-mounted solar PV system at its biologics and development campus. The system generates over 20% of the facility’s energy needs.

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Mounting Type:
Rooftop

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Environmental Savings Impact:
5.1 million miles of passenger driving

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30-Year Cost Savings:
$437,000

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System Capacity:
96 kWdc

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Number of Solar Panels:
336

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Catalent had SunPeak build a roof-mounted solar PV system

Breweries

Case Study

Lakefront Brewery worked with SunPeak to gain a rooftop solar PV system in order to save on operational costs, contribute to the community, and help innovate its craft brewing process. The system generates nearly 40% of the facility’s energy needs. Lakefront was recently awarded the Travel Green certification by the Wisconsin Department of Tourism for its proactive environmental practices.

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Mounting Type:
Rooftop

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Environmental Savings Impact:
600 tons of landfill waste

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30-Year Cost Savings:
$535,000

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System Capacity:
70 kWdc

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Number of Solar Panels:
264

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Colleges/Universities

Case Study

SunPeak worked closely with multiple departments on campus to build a rooftop solar array atop the University of Wisconsin’s Gordon Dining & Event Center. The project has helped UW achieve its goals of cost savings and student education and has greatly contributed to recent recognition by the esteemed Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

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Mounting Type:
Rooftop

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Environmental Savings Impact:
21,000 trees planted

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30-Year Cost Savings:
$35,600

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System Capacity:
35 kWdc

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Number of Solar Panels:
132

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Rooftop installation at University of Wisconsin Madison

K12 Education

Case Study

SunPeak helped Lakeland Union High School (LUHS) achieve its sustainability and renewable energy goals with a roof-mounted solar PV system that now offsets 20% of the school’s energy needs with renewable sources. The solar PV system serves as part of the school’s STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) curriculum and is the largest solar system on any Wisconsin school.

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Mounting Type:
Rooftop

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Environmental Savings Impact:
13,913,400 miles of passenger driving

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30-Year Cost Savings:
$1.3 million

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System Capacity:
280 kWdc

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Number of Solar Panels:
1,056

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Lakeland Union High School roof-mounted solar PV system

Agricultural Livestock

Case Study

LNS Pork, a hog producer in central Iowa, engaged SunPeak to install a ground-mounted solar PV system as an effective way to reduce its electricity costs. SunPeak helped LNS secure state and federal financial assistance for the system, which generates more than 100% of the operation’s energy needs.

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Mounting Type:
Ground

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Environmental Savings Impact:
288 homes' electricity use for one year

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30-Year Cost Savings:
$506,000

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System Capacity:
67 kWdc

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Number of Solar Panels: 
264

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Agricultural Livestock LNS Pork

Beverage

Case Study

Single Speed Brewing engaged SunPeak to help them achieve LEED-certification for a solar PV system on a historic building. SunPeak was able to work within the constraints of the City of Waterloo, Iowa’s historic preservation requirements so Single Speed could achieve all of its cost savings and sustainability goals. The system produces more than 20% of the brewery’s electricity needs.

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Mounting Type:
Rooftop

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Environmental Savings Impact:
2,600 tons of CO2

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30-Year Cost Savings:
$784,000

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System Capacity:
103 kWdc

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Number of Solar Panels:
396

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Beverage Single Speed Brewing solar project

Automotive Dealerships

Case Study

Fields Auto partnered with SunPeak to add solar to its dealership in Madison, Wisconsin where several charging stations had been installed to support growing consumer demand for electric vehicles. Solar was a natural fit to help offset the increased electricity needs for the dealership and hedge against future rate increases. The system generates nearly 20% of the facility’s total energy needs.

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Mounting Type:
Rooftop

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Environmental Savings Impact:
5,162,000 miles of passenger driving

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30-Year Cost Savings:
$320,000

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System Capacity:
47 kWdc

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Number of Solar Panels:
176

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Automotive dealerships for Fields Auto

Convenience Stores

Case Study

KwikTrip, a large Midwest-based chain of vertically-integrated convenience stores, has worked with SunPeak to improve its cost efficiencies and reduce its carbon footprint with solar. Metrics provided showcase savings for a single convenience store.

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Mounting Type:
Rooftop

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Environmental Savings Impact:
18,200 trees planted

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30-Year Cost Savings:
$168,000

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System Capacity:
32 kWdc

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Number of Solar Panels:
120

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Multi-Family (Apartments)

Case Study

T. Wall Enterprises, a large-scale developer of office, multi-family, and neighborhood communities, has partnered with SunPeak numerous times to enhance its multi-family portfolio with solar PV. Project metrics provided here illustrate a portfolio of five apartment complexes located in south central Wisconsin. T. Wall has been recognized as a leader in green development, recently receiving the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Energy Efficiency.

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Mounting Type:
Rooftop

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Environmental Savings Impact:
1,284 homes' electricity use for one year

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30-Year Cost Savings:
$2.7 million

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Systems Capacity (Across 5 Sites):
431 kWdc

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Number of Solar Panels:
1,612

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