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May 10, 2009

Soaking up the sun

US Floors is going green with solar panels

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He says it’s important to customers not only that the products the company supplies are environmentally friendly but that the company practices what it preaches in every area of its business.

“These people want to make sure that you are really willing to step up to the plate,” he said.

US Floors started in 2001 as an importer and began manufacturing its own product in November 2008 after securing tax incentives for its expansion from the Dalton-Whitfield Joint Development Authority. It currently employs more than 100.

The solar energy system was designed by United Renewable Energy of Alpharetta.

“It’s going to be one of the largest privately owned systems in the state,” said United’s director of sales Shana Haygood.

Dalton-Whitfield Chamber of Commerce president Brian Anderson said he sees a growing interest in “green and renewable” products and technology among local firms.

“I don’t think it’s as in-your-face as it is in, say, California,” he said. “But in California, it has been mandated, whereas here, people are doing it because they think it’s the right thing to do.”

Anderson said he is concerned that the federal government might impose costly mandates on industry to adopt renewable energy. He says providing tax credits and other incentives is a better way to encourage businesses to move to solar and other alternative types of power.

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