Snow Peak Coffee Success Story

OR_Snow_Peak_Coffee_325x218.jpgFrom left: Christy and Don Sullivan, owners of Snow Peak Coffee Company meet with Pacific Power's Doris Johnston.

A love of coffee has turned one Oregon couple’s passion into their dream business. And with support from Energy Trust of Oregon, they’re investing in energy efficiency solutions to help their small business keep costs under control.

Snow Peak Coffee Company, located in a renovated service station in Albany, Ore., is a labor of love for Christy and Don Sullivan. The coffee shop portion of their business opened in November 2014, with plans for a coffee roasting operation and sit-down café to open in fall 2015.

The entrepreneurial duo has done the bulk of the remodeling work on the 1,200 square foot building themselves, with major reconstruction of exterior walls completed by expert Albany contractors.  Eager to keep the space as energy efficient as possible, they attended a local Energy Trust presentation to learn about solutions and programs tailored to businesses like theirs. They were thrilled to hear about the support available to small businesses for improvements in lighting, insulation and heating and cooling. So thrilled, in fact, they inspired the Energy Trust presenter to visit the coffee shop that very afternoon to help them find areas of potential energy savings.

“We can only do so much to improve an old building, but we’d like to make it as efficient as we can,” said Sullivan. “Not only will it be more comfortable for our customers, but it will help us manage our costs, especially as the business is getting off the ground.”

The Sullivans installed a new heat pump, and new insulation in the walls, ceiling and roof to reduce heating and cooling costs. They also purchased an energy efficient ice machine, capable of producing 320 pounds of ice a day for iced and blended coffee drinks. Although the couple missed out on some incentives for work already finished, they are eligible for future incentives related to improvements underway in the café portion of their space.

Energy Trust provided Snow Peak Coffee Company with $685 in cash incentives towards the cost of their energy saving improvements. “This might not seem like much in the way of incentives, but to a small business owner, it is a huge boost. We’re managing our costs penny by penny so any help we get in defraying expenses makes a big impact on our bottom line,” she continued. “We think that’s how people should look at energy, too. Every cent saved is important. Everything a person can do to save energy they should, and these incentives can help us do that.”

A love of coffee has turned one Oregon couple’s passion into their dream business. And with support from Energy Trust of Oregon, they’re investing in energy efficiency solutions to help their small business keep costs under control.

 

Snow Peak Coffee Company, located in a renovated service station in Albany, Ore., is a labor of love for Christy and Don Sullivan. The coffee shop portion of their business opened in November 2014, with plans for a coffee roasting operation and sit-down café to open in fall 2015.

 

The entrepreneurial duo has done the bulk of the remodeling work on the 1,200 square foot building themselves, with major reconstruction of exterior walls completed by expert Albany contractors.  Eager to keep the space as energy efficient as possible, they attended a local Energy Trust presentation to learn about solutions and programs tailored to businesses like theirs. They were thrilled to hear about the support available to small businesses for improvements in lighting, insulation and heating and cooling. So thrilled, in fact, they inspired the Energy Trust presenter to visit the coffee shop that very afternoon to help them find areas of potential energy savings.

 

“We can only do so much to improve an old building, but we’d like to make it as efficient as we can,” said Sullivan. “Not only will it be more comfortable for our customers, but it will help us manage our costs, especially as the business is getting off the ground.”

 

The Sullivans installed a new heat pump, and new insulation in the walls, ceiling and roof to reduce heating and cooling costs. They also purchased an energy efficient ice machine, capable of producing 320 pounds of ice a day for iced and blended coffee drinks. Although the couple missed out on some incentives for work already finished, they are eligible for future incentives related to improvements underway in the café portion of their space.

 

Energy Trust provided Snow Peak Coffee Company with $685 in cash incentives towards the cost of their energy saving improvements. “This might not seem like much in the way of incentives, but to a small business owner, it is a huge boost. We’re managing our costs penny by penny so any help we get in defraying expenses makes a big impact on our bottom line,” she continued. “We think that’s how people should look at energy, too. Every cent saved is important. Everything a person can do to save energy they should, and these incentives can help us do that.”