Alliant Energy: Sloan Implement Company recognized for energy-efficiency achievements

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Monroe business given Shared Savings Award for energy conservation and being green

MADISON, WI – May 13, 2009 – Sloan Implement Company has received a Shared Savings Award in recognition of significant achievement in energy efficiency and conservation. The award was recently presented to the John Deere Dealership by Alliant Energy Strategic Account Manager Dale Burgenske. Shared Savings is an award-winning business energy-efficiency program that Sloan Implement participated in to save energy and benefit the environment.

“Sloan Implement is very deserving of recognition for the steps it has taken to realize sustainable energy-savings within its operations,” said Chris Schoenherr, Alliant Energy Director of Sales and Strategic Accounts. “We are proud that they are committed to being a green organization and we are pleased to give them our Shared Savings Award.”

Sloan Implement utilized Shared Savings to convert their existing light to high-efficiency lighting at three of their Wisconsin stores and saved 122,848 kilowatt-hours of electricity by completing the projects. The projects remove the equivalent greenhouse gas emissions of 16 passenger vehicles from the road or save enough energy to power 8 average-sized homes for one year.

“We are pleased to be recognized by Alliant Energy for our achievement in energy efficiency,” said, Ryan O’Flanagan, Sloan Implement General Manager. “We’ve worked hard at all our stores on several projects to reduce the amount of energy we use and be environmentally-friendly.”

As with any business, cash is important and paying for the energy-efficiency measures takes upfront dollars before the long-term gains can be realized. That’s where Shared Savings stepped in to assist the company. The program is an initiative that assists industrial, commercial and agricultural customers with identification and implementation of energy efficiency projects – and invests the capital to finance them.

“I worked closely with the people at Sloan Implement on several lighting conversion projects and it’s clear that the business is very committed to environmental stewardship and wise energy use,” added Burgenske. “The financing available through our Shared Savings program was a perfect fit for getting their projects accomplished.”

Sloan Implement, headquartered in Assumption, Illinois, is the largest privately owned John Deere Dealership in the world with several stores across Wisconsin and Illinois. The firm utilized Shared Savings at its Monroe, Montfort and Bloomington stores in Wisconsin to accomplish their lighting upgrade projects.

Through its Shared Savings program, Wisconsin Power and Light Company, an Alliant Energy company, has helped thousands of Wisconsin business, government and farm customers cut energy usage, save money and preserve precious natural resources for over 20 years. More than 2.1 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity have been saved over the last seven years with the program – that’s equal to the energy produced by a 280-megawatt power plant.

Business, government and farm customers interested in the low-cost financing available through WPL’s Shared Savings program are encouraged to visit or call 1-866-ALLIANT (255-4268) for more information.