Hertzler systems makes a big investment in solar energy

Hertzler Systems Inc. co-owners Byron Shetler (left) and Evan Miller display one of the nearly 50 solar panels used in the solar energy project at their Goshen, Indiana, headquarters. Shetler is Hertzler's Chief Technology Officer. Miller is President and CEO.

Hertzler Systems Inc. co-owners Byron Shetler (left) and Evan Miller display one of the solar panels used in the solar energy project. Shetler is Hertzler’s Chief Technology Officer. Miller is President and CEO.

GOSHEN, INDIANA (June 13, 2013)—Hertzler Systems Inc. has made a substantial investment in reducing its carbon footprint through Northern Indiana Public Service Company’s (NIPSCO) Feed-in-Tariff program that “buys back” electrical power from customers that are generating their own clean energy.

Positive environmental impact: Equivalent to taking an average car off the road for 849,794 miles

The 48 solar panels at its Goshen headquarters will feed electricity directly into NIPSCO’s power grid, generating an estimated 13,317 kWh per year and providing the equivalent of 44 percent of Hertzler’s current yearly electricity consumption.

Hertzler helping to reduce dangerous emissions

The installing company estimates that over the next 25 years, the system will save:

  • 522,275 pounds of CO2 emissions
  • 1,676 pounds of smog-producing NOx
  • 1,517 pounds of acid rain-producing SOx

All of this is the equivalent of:

  • Taking an average car off the road for 849,794 miles
  • Or, planting 4.5 acres of trees.

“Our investment is significant and the impact is significant,” said Evan Miller, Hertzler’s president and CEO.

SPC software provider Hertzler Systems is striving for environmental sustainability

NIPSCO also extends its clean energy buy back to wind and hydroelectric power, but pays the most, up to 30 cents per kWh, for solar power. By using more customer-generated power, NIPSCO expects to slow its need to build new power plants to keep up with the increasing demand for electrical energy.

Hertzler Systems also filled some back-lot acreage four years ago with nearly 600 trees, “creating a little woods” as part of its sustainability efforts, Miller said.

Hertzler provides automated statistical process control (SPC) software for a wide variety of business and manufacturing concerns to improve the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of their operations and the quality of their products and services. It also changed some of its lighting and expects to do more in that area to further reduce energy needs.

Miller called the solar panels “a good long-term investment and a way to reduce our carbon footprint, since we use a lot of electricity and do a fair amount of travel.

“We’re serious about these efforts and we’ve put money into them because we’re part of an economy that is contributing to the warming of the planet. We have some responsibility to do something about it. We’re a leader in our field of expertise and we want to be a leader in this way too,” he said.

Hertzler is a leader in Statistical Process Control software

Hertzler Systems has been a leader in Statistical Process Control, SPC software and Six Sigma for over 30 years and serves a diverse customer base in service, transactional, and manufacturing environments.

The company’s primary product, GainSeeker® Suite SPC software, and related services enable clients to connect, collect, and analyze data, building a data infrastructure for making data-driven decisions. These capabilities help clients to reduce costs, cycle time and errors, and increase profitability through real-time data.

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