Solar in Florida Manufacturing

1MW Ground Mount in Monticello FL.

Region Solar has completed a 1.004 MW solar photovoltaic ground-mounted system at VizCo’s 26,000 sqft. manufacturing facility in Monticello, Florida. Comprised of 3,280 solar panels, this solar system is projected to produce 1,450,000 kWh of electricity annually, and will be net-metered by Duke Energy.  Notably, this array was completed in less than three months, from contract signing to placing the system in service.

VizCo, The Visionary Company, produces plastic injection-molded drip pans, alarms and pipe grips for water heaters. Increased production, efficiency, and reducing operational costs drove business owner Chris Cantolino to choose solar photovoltaic to power his manufacturing facility.  Seeking a clean and steady delivery of power thru solar, Cantolino looked to combat small energy fluctuations in electrical current which created significant losses in the production process of his injection molded plastics machinery.

Region Solar built the system using forty-five (45) Solar Edge 20k string inverters and one thousand six hundred forty (1,640) Solar Edge P700 optimizers to increase the system’s production.  Further reducing costs, the landscape where the array is located will be maintained by grazing sheep.

Region Solar owner Andrew Tanner said, “To our knowledge, VizCo is the only manufacturing facility in Florida completely powered by solar, through net metering.  Solar is a savvy choice for Florida manufacturers!”  Cantolino is passionate about American manufacturing and being a Florida manufacturer.  “Solar photovoltaic is a smart business choice.  Reducing and controlling operational costs increases a business’s competitive edge.”  Just last month, Region Solar completed a 150.3 kW rooftop and carport solar photovoltaic system at SimGar, the Simple Garden, in Bradenton, Florida; Cantolino’s second business.

Top 5 Reasons Going Solar at Your Business Makes Sense


5. Support Sustainable Energy 
Making the switch to clean solar is supporting one of the four types of renewable energy.  We’re not running out of the sun, anytime soon!  We don’t have to ship, transport or source solar from other countries. Consider this from the Department of Energy’s article The Top 6 Things You Didn’t Know About Solar Energy. “Solar energy is the most abundant energy resource on earth – 173,000 terawatts of solar energy strikes the Earth continuously. That’s more than 10,000 times the world’s total energy use.”

4. Stand Out as An Innovator
You keep your products and services up-to-date to remain competitive.  What about your facility? What business wants to be seen as a laggard?  Smart choices set businesses apart.  Peter Drucker, author and management consultant says this about innovation, “Innovation is the specific instrument of entrepreneurship. The act that endows resources with a new capacity to create wealth.”  Here are two quotes from Forbes Magazine Article Innovation, It’s Not the Idea, It’s What You Do With It. “Innovation is enabled by and depends upon the connection of strategy, process, structure, and capability. Execution is the multiplier of innovation — meaning that an organization that can execute well on a few good innovations is more powerful than one that has lots of great ideas with no way to execute.”

3. Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
Making a choice that is good for you, good for others and good for future generations.  According to the American Lung Association’s State of Clean Air Report 2014, “More than 147.6 million people—47 percent of the nation—live where pollution levels are too often dangerous to breathe, an increase from last year’s report”.

2. Lower Your Operational Expenses
You pay careful attention to your operational costs.  You buy energy efficient products.  You ask your staff to turn lights off in unused rooms.  The overhead lights aren’t energy hogging T12’s. Air conditioning isn’t icebox cold when the business is closed overnight.  What more can you do?  Trim more fat!  Cut that energy bill.  Keep more of your profit in your business.

1. Secure Your Energy Costs for Years to Come
Although the cost of energy is anticipated to rise, you can keep a handle on yours.  Business owner Chris Cantolino of VizCO and SimGar chose solar for his two businesses and residences, citing that “if you create all your energy with solar, then you’re lowering your operational costs, and it just makes good business sense.”

Cutting Carbon Emissions 30 Percent by 2030

What an exciting week it has been.  The EPA submitted the Clean Power Plan, to cut carbon pollution emitted by power plants by 30% by 2030.  Currently, there are no limits on the carbon pollution power plants emit.  Power plants contribute up to one-third of emitted greenhouse gas emissions in the United States.

EPA Chart

Why Worry About Carbon Pollution?

To understand more about coal-fired power plants and why carbon pollution is so detrimental to public health and the climate, view this short video from #BeyondCoal. 

Cutting the carbon pollution power plants emit will make positive impacts on public health and the climate, benefiting future generations.  The proposed Clean Power Plan will cut hundreds of millions of tons of carbon pollution and hundreds of thousands of tons of harmful particle pollution, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides. You can view the EPA’s video of the Clean Power Plan here. 

Next Steps?

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said, “By leveraging cleaner energy sources and cutting energy waste, this plan will clean the air we breathe while helping slow climate change so we can leave a safe and healthy future for our kids.”

The EPA will accept comment on the proposal for 120 days after publication in the Federal Register and will hold four public hearings on the proposed Clean Power Plan during the week of July 28 in the following cities: Denver, Atlanta, Washington, DC and Pittsburgh. The proposed rule, information about how to comment and supporting technical information are available online at: .

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