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Pilkington North America R&D facility goes solar

Post Time:Jan 07,2011Classify:Industry NewsView:138

Pilkington North America Inc., Toledo, Ohio,is going solar, thanks to a new one-acre solar array project currently under construction at its research and development center in Northwood, according to a Jan. 6 release. Hull & Associates Inc., Dublin, Ohio,has partnered with Pilkington North America to develop and install a 250 kW ground-mounted, solar photovoltaic energy facility on a brownfield site originating from the company’s former east Toledo float plant. This solar energy facility will be the largest private sector, behind-the–meter, renewable energy project in Ohio, according to the release.

“This project highlights the NSG Group’s commitment to responsible stewardship and the solar energy market both locally and around the world,” said Environmental Manager Cliff Fleener, in the release.

The development will use solar panels incorporating the NSG Group’s solar energy glass products, supplied by First Solar, Tempe, Ariz.The Northwood solar energy facility will supply approximately 12 percent of its power requirements, while reducing annual electric consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.The new solar facility is expected to be fully operational by the beginning of February.

The project is being managed by Hull Energy, LLC, a newly formed renewable energy project development and asset management company. An affiliate of Hull, Hull Energy has been established to develop, operate and own renewable energy projects for municipal, commercial and industrial clients.

Development of the $1.5 million solar energy project was partially supported by a $680,782 grant from the Ohio Energy Office through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s State Energy Program.

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