Major Zipper Manufacturer Goes Solar, Offsets Nearly 100% of Power Consumption - Smart Energy Decisions

Distributed Generation, Industrial, Solar, Sourcing Renewables  -  March 7, 2016

Major zipper manufacturer goes solar, offsets nearly 100% of power consumption

Zipper manufacturer YKK teamed with panel provider Mitsubishi Electric US and installer SunGreen Systems on a 521-kW solar PV system located on the roof of YKK’s Anaheim, Calif., plant. Research found that YKK could cover most of its energy costs through solar at that particular facility, so it got to work selecting partners and the installation was officially launched last week.

“Given the current ITC rebate and declining cost of solar, we are seeing more and more companies realize that solar is affordable and payback time is very attractive,” John Hoffman, managing partner of SunGreen Systems said in a news release. According to SunGreen, this system is expected to produce 843,336 kWh in its first year of production, which will result in a CO2 offset of 896 tons.

“Turning to solar energy not only aligns with YKK’s environmental philosophy but our business model as well,” Alex Gregory, chairman, president and CEO of YKK Corporation of America, the parent company of YKK (U.S.A.) Inc., said in the release. “It’s a great feeling to know that we are saving on energy costs and producing clean energy.”




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