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GU Energy Labs headquarters and factory now 95% solar powered

Published March 14, 2018

BERKELEY, Calif. (BRAIN) — GU Energy Labs has installed a 206 Kw solar system at its Berkeley headquarters and production facility, offsetting more than 95 percent of the building's energy.

"The decision to go solar was an easy one for GU, as it aligns with our long term sustainability goals and is consistent with our core values of longevity and accountability," said Dan Coyle, the company's COO. "We are committed to taking care of the planet and the places we play, and this project is a significant step in reducing our dependence on nonrenewable energy."

The installation of a solar energy system comes on the heels of GU's certification as a California Green Business in 2016. The certification requires taking steps such as purchasing post-consumer recycled paper, minimizing water use and using nontoxic cleaning products in the office. Since then, the company has also conducted a waste audit to determine its biggest contributors to the landfill, which led to initiatives such as scrap film recycling and the use of reusable pallet wraps.

Additionally, GU has several sustainability projects in motion with goals that include water and waste reduction initiatives. To date, the company has successfully reduced water usage by 20 percent and eliminated 30 percent of waste.

"GU's sustainability strategy includes investing in our community, working to build a healthy planet and creating sustainable products," said Jessica Carol, the company's sustainability manager. "This investment in renewable energy reduces our carbon footprint by taking the equivalent of 47 cars off of the road or powering 33 homes for a year."

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