At the Headquarter, Mercury Marine drives its sustainability targets with solar PV

Imagine a hot summer day on a boat: working, swimming on a tan, perhaps drinking a few drinks.  If you happen to have a Mercury Marine engine on board, one can even envision solar rooftops. It’s because, as part of its continuing endeavor to boost sustainable activities, Mercury Marine, a subsidiary of Brunswick Corporation, installed a solar array at its headquarters in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. The array sits on top of a warehouse and comprises 320 solar panels, which will assist power operations over the installation’s estimated 30-year lifetime.

The plant is a follow-up to a Mercury solar array constructed in the year 2017 at its Head office in Petit-Rechain, Belgium. With some insulation improvements, the construction decreased the facility’s dependency on the grid power by a third, contributing to savings on electricity bills and further reliance on renewable energy. The solar plant at Wisconsin’s Mercury Marine is part of an objective outlined last year by President Chris Drees to fulfill at least half of the firm’s energy requirements with renewable energies by the end of 2030. Brunswick’s parent corporation has a similar clean energy goal of 50% by 2030.

Mercury has taken a range of more energy-friendly steps in addition to solar, such as the upgrade of lighting and HVAC systems as well as an emphasis on the power optimization. For its activities, the organization received a Wisconsin Focus on Energy project award on Earth Day 2020. “Within the next ten years, these steps will be combined with many others,” Drees said in a tweet. “We remain committed to our position on sustainable business activities, including clean energy investment as well as carbon footprint elimination. Our dedication to sustainability will proceed to be elevated in all of our locations worldwide.”

Focus on Energy cited many Mercury measures in the award, such as the automation of HVAC and lighting systems, the redirection for multiple uses of production-generated heat, the enhancement of power on/off cycles for appliances and facilities, and the integration of natural lighting as well as passive heating into the construction of new facilities. Mercury Marine offers recreational, industrial, and government maritime applications with the engines, vessels, supplies as well as parts, providing boaters with goods that are simple to use, highly durable, and assisted by the world’s most devoted customer support. Mercury MerCruiser sterndrive, Mercury outboard engines, and inboard packages are the industry-leading brand range of Mercury Marine.