Bob Mehmet, president and CEO of Philadelphia Sign Co., didn’t
set out to pursue net zero energy, and don’t go mistaking him for
a granola-munching tree hugger. He installed a 5-acre solar energy
array on his manufacturing plant primarily because it made good
business sense and secondarily for its environmental benefits. The
system generates more power than the plant consumes.
Solar roof produces as much electricity as manufacturer consumes
By Kate Bachman, Editor
hiladelphia Sign Co. has manufactured some notable illuminated signs for prominent customers in the course of its 100-year
history—from elaborate, sparkling
cinema marquees to luminous store-
front signage to elevated, eye-catching
channel letter signs for banks and automotive dealerships. Its client list has
included recognizable companies as
diverse as Subaru, Gimbels, Chase
Bank, Target, and Buffalo Wild Wings.
The manufacturer just marked its
centurial anniversary in 2011. Some
companies celebrate their anniversa-
ries with a party. Philadelphia Sign com-
memorated it by going net zero energy.