Hipshot Products, Inc. Goes Solar
Hipshot Products, Inc. is a renowned manufacturer of quality bass and electric guitar hardware and is one of the last remaining companies that not only designs, but also manufactures guitar hardware in the USA. Dave Borisoff and his father, Bob Borisoff, founded Hipshot Products in 1982 in Van Nuys, California. In 1994, David moved the company to the Finger Lakes region (8248 State Route 96 Interlaken, NY 14847) where David began designing and manufacturing bass bridges and started shipping the parts all over the world. He grew Hipshot Products from a small, two-man operation to today’s 35 employees. Despite Hipshot’s success, David says, “The size and feel of the company is still “Small is Beautiful.””
In early 2016, David and Joshua Borisoff, son and business partner, decided to look at “Small is Beautiful” on another level. David and Josh believe they can help the environment in a small way by going solar. Throughout their manufacturing shop, there are many machines and tools using electricity. David and Josh recruited QwikSolar, a locally owned solar company out of Geneva, NY to install solar for Hipshot Products, Inc.
QwikSolar suggested installing the system in two phases, considering all together there would be 618 solar panels just behind the Hipshot building. As of mid-December 2016, the first phase was completed with 330 panels and the second phase of 288 panels was completed July 2017. Now the completed system is 178 kW AC. Hipshot Products Inc. is running on 96% solar power!
David states, “We knew solar was the right thing to do. We've been using electricity for many years and we know we have a responsibility to protect our environment. So we made the call to QwikSolar. Our electric bills before solar were about $2,000 a month. When we first contemplated solar, we really didn’t think it was at all possible because of our high usage. We thought the solar field would have to be so huge that it would be impractical. When QwikSolar came out and did the survey, they showed us that it truly was possible to offset your utility bill and protect the environment. We were quite amazed!”
David goes on to say, “It made financial sense because the return on investment happens within six to eight years. However, when you make an investment like this, it’s not completely dollars and cents. There are lots of factors that go into the decision of going solar; it’s emotional and financial. The emotional factor for us was that we are doing the right thing and we’re giving back rather than just taking all the time. That’s what it is all about.”
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