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Celebrating The Big And Small Steps On Earth Day

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 | Author:

GreenRainbowWe’ve talked a lot about Other World Computing’s major environmental initiatives here on the OWC Blog.

We have told you about our LEED certified corporate headquarters in Woodstock, Ill. We’ve also given you a look at our on-site Vestas V39-500 kW wind turbine (our NuGuard KX case got an even closer look at the turbine). And our more recent efforts include installing a solar panel array on the roof of our Austin facility.

These are all pretty big steps in our efforts to be as environmentally responsible and green as possible.

But not all steps need to be big to make a difference. In fact, some smaller steps can sometimes fall under the radar. And on this Earth Day we thought we would highlight one of our “smaller” steps.

OWC Margaret recently took the initiative to start a “snack garden” planted in raised beds on the perimeter of the patio to make OWC’s already green campus a little bit more so. And Margaret expects the small garden’s containers to provide healthy snacks for OWC’s all-purpose room until winter arrives. Article Continues…

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Solar Power Shines In 2013 With Record Breaking Numbers

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 | Author:

recycle-OWC-300There is very good news coming out of the solar energy sector. Thanks to environmentally conscious companies like OWC, almost a third of new U.S. electricity came from solar power last year. Tech media company GigaOM reports that environmentalists long held dream of increased dependence on solar power took a huge step forward in 2013.

According to GigaOM: “Solar power crashed its way onto the U.S. power grid last year and is now fundamentally changing the makeup of how energy is being produced and consumed. Essentially, it’s becoming a mainstream power source: According to a new report from the Solar Energy Industries Association and GTM Research, solar power had another record year in 2013, with 4.75 gigawatts of solar energy systems installed, including 2 gigawatts in just the fourth quarter alone. Article Continues…

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OWC Educates High School Class On Green Initiatives

Friday, February 14th, 2014 | Author:

recycle-OWC-300Crystal Lake Central High School’s honors environmental science class was given a look at the past, present and future of OWC’s environmental efforts during a tour of the company’s LEED Platinum Certified facility.

Students from the nearby high school came to Other World Computing’s Woodstock, Ill. campus on Thursday for their yearly visit where they were shown just how far OWC’s environmental initiatives have come since the company’s inception in 1988. Students were given a look at the evolution of OWC’s ultra-green packaging and were also shown OWC’s campus including its energy-efficient warehouse and on-site Vestas V39-500 kW wind turbine.

Tour guide OWC Ryan, Warehouse Operations and Logistics Manager, finished the tour by showing the students OWC’s shipping processes right down to the green packaging which has proven OWC as an industry leader in green high tech electronic parts shipping. Article Continues…

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It’s On: OWC Harnessing the Power of the Texas Sun

Friday, January 31st, 2014 | Author:

The switch has been flipped. OWC’s Austin facility is officially harnessing the power of the sun. The company began installing a solar panel array on the roof of its Austin facility in late 2013 and completed it shortly after. The project not only solidifies OWC’s reputation as a leader in utilizing green technology, but it also explains why the tech firm has fit in so well since it expanded into Austin.

There are so many reasons to love Austin that it’s no wonder so many people and businesses want to call it home. OWC is one of a plethora of thriving companies that took a look at the social and business environment in Austin and said, “Yeah, I want some of that.”

OWC founder and CEO Larry O’Connor explained very simply why he decided Austin would be the best place to expand his Woodstock, IL based tech firm. “People want to be in Austin,” said O’Connor. Article Continues…

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Solar Panel Installation Completed at Austin Facility

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014 | Author:

Since work began in late 2013, we’ve been documenting the progress of the Solar panel installation on the roof of our OWC facility in Austin, Texas. And we’re happy to report that the project has been completed and the panels are being prepped for activation.

The efficient panels will harness light energy from the sun and are expected to provide no less than 32 percent of the building’s annual power consumption with excess power put out onto the grid. As you can see below, the state-of-the-art mounts for the panels use a unique teepee shape that maximizes energy harvest by eliminating shading between module rows.

OWC solar panel project for its Austin facility is fully installed. (Click to enlarge)

OWC’s solar panel project for its Austin facility is fully installed. (Click to enlarge)

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