The 50-kW, grid-tied photovoltaic system is divided into multiple solar arrays positioned on the roof, parking area and front lawn of the facility. The mounting hardware systems feature the Power-Fab CRS, Top-of-Pole and new MPM-G2 ground-mount photovoltaic systems designed and manufactured by PLP’s wholly owned subsidiary DPW Solar in Albuquerque, NM. The roof-mount structure is completely ballasted, requiring no roof penetrations, and qualified in wind tunnel tests. The MPM-G2 and TPM ground mount structures pivot for seasonally adjusting the module tilt angle to maximize energy production year round.
The PV solar power generation system consists of 224 Schott solar modules and a PV-powered solar inverter. PLP expects the photovoltaic system to generate over 66 MWh per year of clean energy which will supply a portion of the electricity consumed by the manufacturing facility. The photovoltaic system is closely monitored, and PLP has a kiosk in the front lobby so that the energy production from this array may be viewed real-time. As an added benefit, the new photovoltaic system not only generates reliable clean renewable power, but also provides a shade canopy for employee cars.
With the new system in Albemarle, PLP now has approximately 700 kW in PV solar capacity installed at multiple manufacturing facilities worldwide including a PV solar system at its headquarters located in Cleveland, Ohio.