Coupled with the installation of the new solar energy generation system, Shields noted that other major environmental projects completed at the Harleysville headquarters have resulted in total energy cost reductions of 25 percent since 2008. Those projects include an ice storage and air conditioning system installed in 2009, as well as various upgrades to lighting, heating, ventilation and air conditioning controls.“We are especially pleased with the collective results of our efforts to reduce energy consumption during the peak hours of the mid-afternoon,” said Shields. “In addition to reducing our annual total building load from 6 million kilowatt hours to 4.5 million kilowatt hours, these initiatives also assist the local and regional power grid meet their growing demands.” Harleysville Insurance is a leading super-regional provider of insurance products and services for small and mid-sized businesses, as well as for individuals, and ranks among the top 70 U.S. property/casualty insurance groups based on net written premiums. As a Trusted Choice ® company partner, Harleysville distributes its products exclusively through a network of independent agents primarily across 32 states. Harleysville is ranked #21 in the most recent InformationWeek 500, the publication’s annual listing of the most innovative information technology organizations in the U.S., and has been included on the list in each of the last five years. Harleysville Mutual Insurance Company owns approximately 54 percent of Harleysville Group Inc. (NASDAQ: HGIC), a publicly traded holding company for eight regional property/casualty insurance companies collectively rated A (Excellent) by A.M. Best Company. Harleysville Group is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market, which is comprised of the top third of all NASDAQ member companies and has the highest initial listing standards of any exchange in the world based on financial and liquidity requirements. Further information can be found on the company’s website at www.harleysvillegroup.com.