Global Shop Solutions goes green with new solar panels

Global Shop Solutions goes green with new solar panels

March 1, 2022 – Global Boutique Solutions, a leading producer of ERP software for manufacturers around the world, has a reputation for doing the right thing for its employees and customers. Now they are doing the right thing for the planet by switching to solar power for the company’s electricity needs.

Meeting the energy needs of Global Shop Solutions required enough solar panels to cover the roofs of the three buildings at their headquarters in The Woodlands, Texas. The project lasted six months and will generate more than enough electricity to power the entire campus for 30 years while achieving significant cost savings.

“Based on the energy we use at headquarters, it will take about seven years for the solar panels to pay for themselves,” said Erika Klein, vice president of R&D for Global Shop Solutions. “After that, they will produce ‘free’ electricity for the next 23 years, which will end up being a good investment for us and for the planet. The system will produce more electricity than we need, so we plan to install charging stations for employees to charge their electric vehicles at work.

Up Next: Reducing the carbon footprint The transformation to solar energy is the first project implemented by the company’s “Green Team”. Led by Klein, the team is made up of a dozen employee volunteers who work together to make the company more environmentally friendly. Their biggest goal for 2022 is to find ways to reduce the carbon footprint of Global Shop Solutions.

The company’s sales force, consultants, and implementation teams incur significant travel time in the air and on the road. So the first step is to calculate the total amount of travel and develop a plan to offset the company’s carbon footprint resulting from travel. The Green Team also meets regularly to discuss ideas for improving recycling, reducing water usage and other ways to have a positive impact on the environment.

“At this point, our biggest challenge is determining the carbon accounting,” Klein said. “It’s a complex issue and we want to make sure we get it right before we come up with a plan to reduce our footprint.”

Helping Customers Go Green Global Shop Solutions incorporates functionality into their ERP software that actively encourages green processes at customers’ manufacturing plants.

The software enables manufacturers to operate in a paperless or near-paperless environment by putting information at everyone’s fingertips through digital dashboards rather than printed reports. The cloud offering provides customers’ employees with the ability to work from home, reducing the impact of commuting five days a week. Global Shop Solutions also helps customers reduce travel by providing online training and advice.

“We care about our employees, our customers and the world around us,” adds Klein. “Reducing our carbon footprint is definitely the right thing to do.”

About Global Shop Solutions

We simplify your manufacturing. Global Shop Solutions ERP software provides the applications needed to deliver a quality part on time, every time, from quote to cash and everything in between, including shop management, planning, inventory, accounting, quality control, CRM and 25 others. Available in the cloud or on-premises, our manufacturer customers benefit from real-time inventory accuracy, improved on-time delivery, reduced administrative costs, increased sales and improved customer service. Headquarters in The Woodlands, Texas includes a state-of-the-art R&D facility and a Global Shop Solutions training center. Through offices in the United States, Mexico, Indonesia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, the company supports thousands of manufacturing facilities in more than 25 countries and nearly 30 industries.

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Laura J. Boyer