Pilkington North America Research and Development Facility Goes Solar

Date: 11 January 2011
Source: Pilkington North America Inc.
Pilkington North America Inc. is going solar, thanks to a new one-acre solar array project currently under construction at its research and development center in Northwood, Ohio.

Hull & Associates Inc. has partnered with Pilkington 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.

“This project highlights the NSG Group’s commitment to responsible stewardship and the solar energy market both locally and around the world,” says environmental manager Cliff Fleener.

The development will use solar panels incorporating the NSG Group’s solar energy glass products, supplied by First Solar.

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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