08/02/2011

Solar Gets a Boost

 

Fueled by falling solar costs and significant utility bill savings, large companies and schools are installing solar panels anywhere they have room for them:

  • General Motors will install a 516-kilowatt solar array on 6 acres at one of its Detroit plants. The array will slash energy bills by $15,000 annually – enough to charge 150 electric cars every day for a year.
  • The South San Francisco Unified School District is moving forward with a 1.68-megawatt solar and efficiency project that spans 15 K-12 sites. This clean energy is expected to save the district $20 million by cutting its utility usage by 50%.
  • The East Side Union High School District in California recently completed the largest K-12 solar program in the U.S. Combined with efficiency upgrades, solar installations across 13 sites will generate 7.1 megawatts of energy and $43 million in savings. By reducing annual electrical usage by over 55%, the program will produce savings in the first year alone equivalent to funding 30 teaching jobs.
  • McGraw-Hill plans to build a 14.1-megawatt solar system – the largest privately owned, net-metered solar project in the Western Hemisphere. The panels will offset energy consumption for multiple offices and a corporate data center. The project is expected to reduce the company’s annual carbon emissions by 10%.
  • Toys “R” Us will add the largest rooftop solar installation in North America. The 5.38-megawatt system will occupy almost 870,000 square feet and generate approximately 70% of the building’s electricity needs. The thin-film cells will produce over 6,360,000 kilowatt-hours of power each year.
  • The Gloucester Marine Terminal in New Jersey is also vying for the honor of largest rooftop solar installation with a 1.1-million-square-foot project. The 9-megawatt system includes over 27,500 solar panels over a refrigerated warehouse and is anticipated to produce nearly 80% of the building’s power demand.

If you haven’t considered solar yet, remember that there are a variety of funding options available. From energy performance contracts and power purchase agreements to state and federal tax incentives, solar may be more affordable than you think.

 

 


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Visit our website today to learn about the design flexibility of a Morton building and the endless possibilities of partnering with our designBUILD team.


Wood construction is both cost and energy efficient. Check out Morton Buildings and our designBUILD team online today to discover all the benefits of post-frame construction.


When choosing a metal-clad building for your next construction project, consider Morton Buildings, Inc., and their designBUILD team, we’ll make your dream a reality.

We Can Help You Reduce Energy by 30%

Our mission is to help our customers manage their buildings' energy costs, improve reliability, and enhance performance while having a positive impact on the environment.
CLICK HERE to find out how.

Add highly responsive multi-zone comfort to any building project, in any climate. Our CITY MULTI H2i R2- and Y-Series VRF systems give you flexibility to fit the needs of any building. Enjoy 100% heating capacity at 0°F outdoor ambient, and 85% heating capacity at -13°F outdoor ambient.  For more information, log on to www.mitsubishipro.com

 
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