NORTH BRANFORD, CT — Independence Solar announces the completion of a 124 kW rooftop solar array for Engineering Specialties Inc., a leading provider of precision metal stamping and machining for automotive and manufacturing applications. As the largest solar project to be built in the town of North Branford, the 494-panel installation will supply 65% of the annual electrical usage at ESI’s 30,500 sq. ft. facility.
ESI’s investment in the solar system aligns with the company’s overall energy efficiency mission. Since moving to their current facility in 2006, ESI has installed energy-efficient lighting, mechanicals, and air handling systems. As Ron Delfini, President of ESI, commented, “Installing a solar PV system makes sense financially and complements our efforts to optimize energy efficiency. The economics for solar in Connecticut are favorable and Independence Solar helped us navigate through the entire process from initial feasibility into commercial operation.”
James Schwartz, Vice President of Independence Solar explains: “ESI is exactly the type of forward-thinking, innovative company we want to work with. They are continually looking for ways to grow their business and enhance profitability over the long term. The solar system fits well with those objectives.”
Independence Solar’s installation partner on the project was Pat Munger Construction, a full-service building contractor with over 40 years of experience in quality commercial construction. Independence and Munger were able to complete the installation within two months from the project kickoff without impacting ESI’s daily operations.
The system is connected to The United Illuminating Company’s electrical network and has a 15-year contract secured with the utility through the Zero Emissions Renewable Energy Certificate (or “ZREC”) program. The program, in its 2nd year, has provided a significant boost to Connecticut’s solar market and helped the State achieve its aggressive clean energy targets.
About Engineering Specialties, Inc.
For over two decades, ESI has been a leader in the production, design and manufacturing of metal tool components and equipment. ESI’s mission is to provide its customers with optimal, state of the art engineering solutions and manufacturing services.
About Independence Solar
Independence Solar (www.independencesolar.com) is a turnkey installer of commercial solar energy. Since 2007, the team has developed and built over $200 million of solar projects, including the largest rooftop solar array (9 MW) in North America at the Gloucester Marine Terminal in NJ. Independence Solar forges long-term partnerships to maximize returns on their customers’ solar energy investments.
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