From large and leading corporations to small, local companies, U.S. businesses are making significant investments in solar to cut energy costs, improving their bottom line and staying ahead of competition. Electricity costs represent the single largest operating expense for many companies. Therefore, in today’s increasingly competitive business environment, solar means business.
Bishamon Industries Corporation, a manufacturer of ergonomic load-handling machinery, has gone solar at its factory in Ontario, California, with a 219kW PV system. In addition to reducing its impact on the environment, Bishamon expects to realize a 75% reduction in electricity costs by converting its factory to solar energy.
Sun Integration, based in Tarzana, California, installed the PV system on the factory’s roof using 975 Mitsubishi Electric solar modules. Sun Integration also custom-designed and built an arched solar parking canopy near the building’s entrance to facilitate the installation of electric vehicle charging stations in the future.
The PV system is estimated to supply over 337,930kWh annually. The energy produced over the system’s expected 25-year lifespan will prevent an estimated 13.1 million pounds of CO2 from entering the atmosphere -- the equivalent of the emissions resulting from burning 13,800 barrels of oil. The project was financed in part by the federal business energy investment tax credit and the California Solar Initiative rebate.
“We decided to go solar as part of our company’s 25-year anniversary celebration. Our solar investment reduces our impact on the environment and ensures that we have sustainable, cost-effective energy now and in the future,” said Robert Stone, Vice President of Operations at Bishamon.
Sevan Varteressian, Managing Director of Sun Integration, echoed his sentiments. “The highly visible canopy showcases Bishamon’s commitment to renewable energy, protects vehicles from the elements and -- with the future installation of charging stations -- can fuel electric vehicles.”
Bishamon has undertaken other initiatives to reduce the environmental impact of its operations. The company discontinued conventional painting of its products and instead installed an automated powder coat system, which resulted in the elimination of associated paint waste and waste water emissions. In addition, Bishamon recently installed new burners in its powder coat machinery to ensure NOX emissions are well below state and federal levels.