Celebrating Earth Day, every day

April 19, 2018

First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day was held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Earth Day has become a global event, celebrated annually on April 22. Organizations and communities participate in activities focused on environmental issues we now face.

Solomon Corp opened for business a year later, specializing in repairing, remanufacturing and recycling small pole and padmount transformers. As it turned out, what we do has a tremendous impact on the environment. Refurbishing is the ultimate form of recycling, giving the equipment a second useful life.

Reducing the carbon footprint

Refurbishing helps the environment in measurable ways. According to an article on the Electrical Wholesaling website, the environmental cost of building one new 3,000 KVA transformer is approximately 95 tons of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of 16 cars driven for one year.

In 2017, we refurbished and repaired more than 25,000 transformers, which equates to removing the CO2 emissions of thousands of cars in a year.

Reconditioning saves millions of tons of waste from landfills each year. It doesn’t consume energy like traditional recycling. And it doesn’t pollute the environment like manufacturing something new. Plus, it creates jobs, where automated manufacturing can eliminate them.

Saving material from landfills

Over the years, recycling material became an important part of Solomon’s business model. The company recycles tons of aluminum, copper, and steel each year.

  • Recycling aluminum uses 95 percent less energy than manufacturing from aluminum ore and reduces the carbon footprint of the finished product by up to 132 percent. We recycled 17.7 million pounds of aluminum in 2017.
  • Recycling copper uses up to 75 percent less energy than traditional manufacturing processes and reduces the carbon footprint of the finished product up to 357 percent. We recycled 11.7 million pounds of copper in 2017.
  • Recycling steel uses up to 39 percent less energy than traditional manufacturing processes and reduces the carbon footprint of the finished product up to 357 percent. We recycled 54.7 million pounds of steel in 2017.
  • Producing a gallon of re-refined base stock requires less energy than producing it from crude oil. We processed 711,000 gallons of oil on-site and put it back into remanufactured transformers.

“As a company, we feel it’s important to be environmentally responsible and not wasteful,” Marketing Manager Cindy Curry said. “We all need to be effective stewards, to value the environment and the land. We have a sensible approach to managing resources.”