Vuteq honored at Awards for Environmental Excellence

Pictured, from left to right, are Bob Lugar, Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Office of Program Support, IDEM; Bruno Pigott, Commissioner, IDEM; Jeremy Eastham, Environmental, Health, and Safety Manager, Vuteq Indiana; Banks Brewster, Plant Manager, Vuteq Indiana; Julia Wickard, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Program Support, IDEM.

PRINCETON — Vuteq Indiana was honored during this year’s Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence.

Vuteq was one of six recipient honored for “extraordinary initiatives in protecting the environment,” according to a release from Holcomb’s office.

The Princeton based company was honored under the energy efficiency/renewable resources category for “Energy Reduction Grid Tied Solar Energy System.”

Vuteq Indiana implemented a large-scale solar project in 2019, which included a 1.5-megawatt direct current rooftop solar system. The release states it has more than 4,440 panels distributed over the roof along with 17 mounted inverters. Vuteq also replaced all its 335 mercury halide high bay lights with LN-TR-40 LED lights.

“The solar powered energy system will provide about 50% of the plant’s electrical needs on an annual basis,” it states. “On sunny days, it could provide up to 75% of the electrical load. Compared to their baseline year in 2015, Vuteq has saved $349,443 in energy costs and reduced electrical consumption by over 3 million kilowatt hours.”

The awards were presented by IDEM Commissioner Bruno Pigott during the 23rd annual Pollution Prevention Conference and Tradeshow Sept. 16 and 17. This year’s event was held virtually.

“Our 2020 Governor’s Award winners have made great strides in improving Indiana’s environment,” Pigott stated. “By using innovative environmental practices, they have reduced waste, saved money, and contributed greatly to environmental protection efforts for Hoosiers.”

The other 2020 categories and recipients were:

Environmental Outreach/Education

Indiana University, Bloomington, Monroe County, for “Education for Environmental Change.”

5-Year Continuous Improvement

Cummins Inc. Engine Plant, Columbus, Bartholomew County, for “Environmental Management System Projects.”

Greening the Government

City of Richmond Parks & Recreation Department, Richmond, Wayne County, for “Richmond Greenhouse Restoration Initiative.”

Land Use/Conservation

Elkhart County Soil & Water Conservation District, Elkhart, Elkhart County, for “Stormwater Alliance Program (SWAMP).”

Recycle/Reuse

Midwest Dairy Recycling, North Manchester, Wabash County, for “Dairy Recycling Program.”

Nomination forms for the 2021 Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence will be available soon. Organizations, businesses, and individuals will have until March 2021 to submit nominations for projects completed in 2019 and 2020.

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