In November of 2011, Bison Printing in Bedford, VA became the first commercial printer in Virginia to fulfill its energy needs through a major photovoltaic system.
Bison’s grid, which covers a 50 by 100 square foot section of the roof of its plant, generates an average 5,000 kWh per month of electricity. This 48KW system employs a total of 208 polycrystalline photo-voltaic panels. Right now the business saves $500 every month, roughly $6000 per year, in energy costs. Over the lifetime of its system, Bison projects a ten percent annual return on its investment.