Norvado has been known as the Chequamegon area’s technology leader, but thanks to a program in association with Focus on Energy, the 68-year-old company is also now a leader in energy efficiency.
On May 16, Norvado was recognized by Xcel Energy and Focus on Energy for energy-efficient improvements throughout its operation. Focus on Energy, Wisconsin’s energy efficiency and renewable resource program, awarded Norvado with $57,104 in efficiency incentives to go along with $4,000 in similar incentives from Xcel Energy. Officials from the energy programs presented Norvado with the check in a ceremony.
Beyond the incentives, becoming more energy efficient is estimated to save Norvado $59,585 annually.
“Our company has been striving toward running things more efficiently because our main goal is to deliver great service while keeping costs down for members,” said Norvado CEO Chad Young. “Part of our commitment to this community means being good stewards of our natural and financial resources, so greater energy efficiency makes perfect sense for Norvado. It’s great to be recognized for that commitment.”
Through discussion and technical assistance from Focus on Energy, Norvado upgraded its Broadband Transport System, increasing its capacity by 10-fold and uses less energy than the previous model. Norvado also replaced chargers and air conditioning units, and the cooperative plans to upgrade office lighting and HVAC systems. Through the program, the installation of new HVAC systems will earn Norvado an additional $12,000 in incentives from Focus on Energy.
“By consulting with Focus on Energy, we were able to make smarter choices that will trim costs and help our business become more sustainable,” said Jeff Lee, Norvado’s Director of Operations, who spearheaded the energy efficiency initiative. “Combine that with the incentives, and the choice was clear for us. We’re continuing to offer outstanding broadband speeds and reliability, but now doing it more efficiently than ever.”