ATLANTA, June 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Manheim announced today the completion of photovoltaic solar installations at two of its auto auctions, Manheim Baltimore-Washington and Manheim Nashville to produce clean energy and reduce carbon emissions.
"Manheim is committed to supporting conservation initiatives at all of our locations," said David Munnikhuysen, Manheim's vice president of operational analytics. "Improving and sustaining the environment ensures that we are good stewards for our communities and our business."
The Manheim Baltimore-Washington installation produces nearly 170kW of clean energy, and the Manheim Nashville project generates 200kW of renewable energy. Combined, the two installations generate enough energy to power the equivalent of 41 average-sized homes and prevent more than 285 tons of carbon from entering the environment. These installations join completed solar projects at Manheim Georgia, Manheim New Jersey, Manheim Phoenix and Manheim Portland.
Across Manheim, many locations have completed energy conservation projects with their lighting and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, as well as participate in the water conservation initiatives. Through its two Water Conservation Centers, Manheim saves 10 million gallon of water each year.
Manheim also switched from solvent to water-based paint at 16 locations, reducing the greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent at each of the participating locations. Manheim's paint mix management process has also reduced 36 tons of carbon.
Manheim is a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises and participates in Cox Conserves, the company's national sustainability program.
"Manheim plays an important role in our Cox Conserves program," said Keith Mask, Cox Enterprises' assistant vice president of energy and engineering. "Cox Conserves was created five years ago, and since that time, Manheim has really led the way for our company with water conservation. They are also identifying opportunities, such as this solar installation, to reduce carbon. These projects provide cleaner air for our communities and help preserve valuable natural resources."
Across the nation, Cox is producing more than 5,000 kW of clean energy through its solar and fuel cell projects. Combined, these renewable energy projects are preventing more than 17,600 tons of carbon from entering the environment.
About Cox Conserves
Launched in 2007, Cox Conserves seeks to reduce Cox Enterprises' energy consumption by embracing renewable forms of energy, conserving natural resources and inspiring eco-friendly behavior. The program engages each of the company's major subsidiaries (Cox Communications, Manheim, AutoTrader.com and Cox Media Group) and encourages Cox Enterprises' 50,000 employees and their families to engage in eco-friendly practices. For more information, visit CoxConserves.com.
About Manheim (www.manheim.com)
Manheim is the world's leading provider of vehicle remarketing services. Through its 113 worldwide wholesale operating locations and digital services, Manheim influences every stage of a used vehicle's life cycle, helping commercial sellers and automobile dealers maximize the full value of their vehicles. Drawing from its auction transaction volume, Manheim Consulting publishes the annual Used Car Market Report, the definitive source of data for the used car industry. Manheim Consulting offers a wide range of services including custom analytics, business optimization and macro economic analysis.
Manheim is the online vehicle remarketing leader, connecting buyers and sellers to the world's largest, most comprehensive wholesale marketplace through its extensive in-lane and digital offerings. Manheim.com receives nearly 900,000 visits each week.
Additionally, Manheim offers services including reconditioning, certification, inspections, dealer financing, title management and marshaling, among others. Through its wide array of services and technologies, industry publications, customer support and educational offerings, Manheim gives its customers maximum control over how they buy and sell vehicles, helping them to conduct business in the most efficient way possible. In 2011, Manheim handled nearly 8 million used vehicles, facilitating transactions worth more than $50 billion in value.
Headquartered in Atlanta, Manheim is a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, a leading communications, media and automotive services company.