Solyndra, Inc., a manufacturer of innovative cylindrical photovoltaic (PV) systems for commercial rooftops, today announced that LPS Industries, a diversified manufacturer and leader in the flexible packaging industry, has completed the largest Solyndra installation in the United States to date, a 704kW installation in Moonachie, New Jersey.
“Our goal with this project was to demonstrate LPS Industries’ commitment to conducting business in an environmentally responsible manner, but it had to make economic sense,” said Madeleine Robinson, CEO of LPS Industries. “Solis Partners specified the Solyndra panels with a new “cool roof”, allowing us to generate the most energy possible from our roof while reducing our overall energy use. Our customers have been thrilled to hear of our decision. The system is up and running and we expect a strong return on our investment.”
The LPS installation consists of approximately 3,800 Solyndra solar panels, producing over 825,000 kWh of electricity and eliminating more than 1,100,000 pounds of CO2 emissions annually – enough energy to remove 93 cars from the road or power more than 100 residential homes per year according to United States Environmental Protection Agency calculations. Solis Partners designed, engineered and installed the system in combination with a new white ‘cool’ roof system. Solis worked with Allied Building Products on procurement, financing, and logistics.
“The Solyndra panels are very easy to install and we had all of the panels installed in 4 weeks,” said Jamie Hahn, Managing Director of Solis Partners. “The entire project was completed in just a few months which is very impressive for an installation of this size, and offered substantial installation savings for LPS over other types of solar panels.”
Solyndra panels are designed to optimize solar electricity production on commercial rooftops. The unique panels employ cylindrical modules which capture sunlight across a 360-degree photovoltaic surface capable of converting direct, diffuse and reflected sunlight from the rooftop into electricity. The Solyndra system is lightweight, non-penetrating and achieves over a 130 mph wind rating as the panels allow wind to blow through them. These factors enable the installation of solar PV on a broader range of rooftops without traditional anchoring or ballast required with flat-plated panels.
“This project demonstrates the effectiveness of our growing Solyndra Solution Provider channel,” said Kirk Roller, Solyndra’s vice president of Sales and Marketing. “Solis and Allied implemented a new cool roof and significant solar installation in just a few months. With Solis’s strong understanding of local and federal incentives, they worked with LPS, Allied and the local utility to ensure the lowest turn-key system cost for LPS.”
The project was partially financed by the innovative PSE&G Solar Loan program which will be repaid by Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs).
About LPS Industries
LPS Industries, headquartered in Moonachie, New Jersey is a diversified manufacturer and leader in the flexible packaging industry providing packaging solutions to many market segments such as medical, food, transportation, electronics and agriculture. Woman owned and operated, LPS Industries is an ISO 9001:2000 Certified company and offers three separate products groups: flexible packaging, coated products and general packaging materials. The company’s website is www.lpsindustries.com.
Headquartered in Fremont, Calif., Solyndra designs and manufactures photovoltaic systems, comprised of panels and mounts, for the commercial rooftop market. Using proprietary cylindrical modules and thin film technology, Solyndra’s light weight, non-penetrating systems are designed to provide simple and easy installations and the lowest cost of electricity for typical low slope commercial rooftops.