Radiance Solar comletes installation of a 1MW system for Shaw Industries’ Cartersville plant in Georgia. The system is one of the largest commercial solar installations in the Southeast.
You may not have heard about Shaw Industries, the world’s largest carpet manufacturer. And it may not be what comes to mind when you think of being green. But the company’s commitment to sustainability includes a cradle-to-cradle recycling program and design philosophy. And now they’re going a step further by installing one of the one of the largest commercial solar installations in the Southeast at their Cartersville plant in Georgia.
Radiance Solar has completed installation of the 1MW system, which is expected to produce 1.4 million kilowatt hours of power annually. The roof-mounted system features 3,696 panels made in the U.S. by SolarWorld, and 36 SMA Tripower 3-phase inverters. As an added feature, a large-screen monitor in the building shows real-time energy production.
Paul Murray, Vice President of Sustainability and Environmental Affairs at Shaw said, “Solar is a mature, reliable power source, and the economics made this project a viable, long-term investment.”
“With payback timeframes now often within four to six years and very attractive long-term ROI, we are seeing businesses across all categories and channels looking to solar as a powerful cost-management tool,” added James Marlow, CEO and Co-Founder of Radiance Solar.
Radiance Solar has initiated or completed several installations across Georgia in recent months, including a warehouse expansion project, the City of Ashburn’s municipal power project, and an installation at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery, also in Cartersville. According to Radiance, “these projects indicate that the financial return of solar is increasingly attractive across multiple business segments.”
This is just the latest in a slew of businesses and cities turning to solar to save money. Georgia has not been a top solar state despite its high insolation, but perhaps at least for commercial solar, the ability to save money may be reversing that trend.