Self Storage Facilities in Canada and the United States Going Green

Posted on Dec 12 2013 - 9:55pm by Winnie Hsiu

Colors are often used to signify feelings, emotions, and/or a state of mind among other things. The color green is often associated with feeling jealous or envy (i.e. green with envy). People will often refer to someone that is new or inexperienced as being ‘green’ as well. The term could work in the business world as well, but for self storage facilities it has a whole different meaning.

Businesses—self storage or otherwise—that work towards becoming self-sufficient in regards to their energy needs are often referred to as trying or working towards “going green.” There are numerous things facilities can do in order to reduce their carbon footprint and go green, but chief among them has to be the installation of solar panels. 

They can be rather expensive though, but many government entities have special programs that alleviate some of that cost and make it more affordable. In Canada there is even a special program that allows solar panel users to sell the unused energy to the government called the Feed-in-Tariff.

Secure Self Storage has companies in the U.S. and Canada and has been working towards going green. The company’s site in Mississauga is in the process of installing solar panels and expects to be done soon.

“At Secure Self Storage, we love the point that we will be producing green electricity not just for ourselves but for our neighbors in Mississauga as well….” said a company spokesperson.

The solar movement is one that has been going on for quite some time. Secure Self Storage has been working on converting their facilities in Canada as well as the United States.

 “Our U.S. storage location in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware has already undergone a similar Green improvement. Plans are proceeding to advance the other Secure Self Storage locations as well,” said a company spokesperson.

They are not the only ones doing their best to ‘go green.’ StorageMart, another company with facilities in the United States and Canada, has been engaged in solar initiatives for some time. Back in 2011 the company embarked on a rather impressive undertaking when it decided to install 640,000 solar panels in its facilities in Chicago.

Mike Strait, Chief Operating Officer at JCM Capital says that partnerships such as the one with StorageMart, “helps landowners and roof-top owners do something great for the environment on roof space that would have been otherwise unused.”

Sources Used:

“Solar Power Project Helps Mississauga Self Storage Go Green.” PRWeb; 12 December 2013.

“StorageMart Turns Self Storage Into Renewable Solar Energy.” PRWeb; 25 October 2011.