Industrial, Solar, Sourcing Renewables  -  February 28, 2019

Barrette Outdoor Living takes first solar step

Barrette Outdoor Living (BOL) has completed the installation of a rooftop solar array on their 400,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Galloway, N.J., making it one of the area's largest solar projects. This is the company’s first plant to undergo the transition; plans call for this program to be extended throughout BOL’s eight other North American manufacturing plants in North America, beginning with their Brooksville, Florida location later this year.

This 2.097-kilowatt system was the result of a PPA between BOL and Dynamic Energy Solutions, LLC, which designed and built the system for BOL. The array features 6,554 solar photovoltaic modules and is estimated to generate more than 2.6 megawatt-hours in the first year of operation. According to a statement from BOL, this will supply more than 50% of the facility's electricity consumption and is estimated to save Barrette more than $6 million through its lifetime.

"We are very excited to have completed one of the largest rooftop solar arrays in Atlantic County," said Brett Thibodeau, President of Dynamic Energy Solutions. "As a sophisticated and innovative industrial manufacturer, Barrette's decision to work with Dynamic to deploy solar at this scale is a testament to the substantial economic and operational benefits that these types of projects provide. We look forward to expanding our collaboration with them in years to come through additional projects."

This rooftop array is a major step in not only reducing operating costs, but minimizing the company's carbon footprint on the community, according to the statement. The company's energy-saving stats will be updated every 15 minutes on the BOL website to show both the current power output generated by the solar panels, as well as showing the historical generation.

Barrette Outdoor Living (BOL) is the leading North American supplier of exterior home products to the residential market. Barrette currently produces vinyl, aluminum, steel, and composite products under a variety of leading brand names through specialty retailers, home centers and lumberyards.

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