Blue Moon Florist Stirs into the Solar Scene

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When people drive past Blue Moon Florist along Horseshoe Pike in Chester County, Pa. what they can’t miss is seeing the three large rows of solar panels in the backyard—something owners Kevin Morgan and Ami Trost now consider accidental marketing.

When people drive past Blue Moon Florist along Horseshoe Pike in Chester County, Pa. what they can’t miss is seeing the three large rows of solar panels in the backyard—something owners Kevin Morgan and Ami Trost now consider accidental marketing.

As one of the largest florists in Chester County, Morgan and Trost’s employees prepare around 18,000 sets of flower arrangements each year, and the recent ground-mounted span of solar panels is what brought their environmental goal to the surface in a way that also grabs the attention of those stopping in to place orders or buy blooms on the go.

“We’ve always looked to try to be greener and find better ways to conserve energy and not have as much of an impact with our footprint, as far as energy goes,” Morgan said.

“Every day, I get four or five people asking about our solar panels, when they come into our shop,” Morgan said. “I know it’s caused people to stop into the shop, just because of the solar panels.”

GP.Energy of Berwyn, Pa. handled the design and the installation, assisting Morgan and Trost in taking advantage of the Pennsylvania Sunshine Program rebate.

“They were very professional to work with,” Morgan said, noting that of all the business transactions he and Trost have had, this was by far the easiest and simplest for them. “GP.Energy totally exceeded our expectations for the entire process.”

With a 5,500-square-foot building and plenty of flowers stored away in the coolers of the shop's basement, Blue Moon Florist's electric bill averaged a weighted $700 per month.

That totaled to an annual KWH usage of around 54,631. Yet much to Morgan and Trost’s delight, by the end of the year, the solar energy production on the property should be taking Blue Moon Florist completely off of the grid, eliminating their electric bill.

In fact, with the mild winter of the past few months, Morgan said he noticed through his monitoring system online that their energy production was so high that they were producing more electricity than they were using.

But what the husband and wife duo are most proud of in the recent reworking of their backyard landscape is knowing that they’re setting a precedent and strong example in the business community that it is possible to shift into alternative energy sooner, even in this economy.

“If everybody takes some steps here or there to living a greener, cleaner energy lifestyle,” Morgan concluded, “it really would have a big impact.”

GP.Energy’s mission is to provide the most affordable, innovative alternative energy solutions that create impact for clients. As one of the largest fully integrated solar developers and EPCs serving New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut and Maryland, GP.Energy strives to control quality and excellence of design and installation from end to end.

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