First Large-Scale Solar Photovoltaic System in the "First County in the First State"
EnterSolar, a leading provider of commercial solar systems to corporate customers, today announced the completion of a 185 kilowatt (kW) solar photovoltaic (PV) system for Ultrachem, Inc., a leading specialty lubricant compounder. The system was installed on the roof of Ultrachem's Corporate Headquarters located in New Castle, Delaware and will generate enough energy to serve the entire annual electricity needs of the Ultrachem facility.
"We are pleased to announce the completion of this major renewable energy project", said Bob Whiting, President of Ultrachem. "Not only will the system improve the environment by reducing our reliance on traditional fossil fuels, it also relieves our energy burden from the electric grid during peak hours which benefits the community." The project is participating in the Delaware SREC Pilot Program and is interconnected to the New Castle Municipal Services Commission's utility system.
The state-of-the-art solar photovoltaic system features Delaware-manufactured MOTECH solar panels, two central inverters, and a string-level data acquisition system. The system is expected to produce over 200,000 kilowatt hours per year, or roughly the amount of electricity needed to power 30 homes annually. This equates to the reduction of more than 270,000 pounds of carbon emissions each year.
"By installing their new solar PV system, Ultrachem has further established themselves as a community business leader while demonstrating how companies can 'do well, by doing good' said Paul Ahern, President of EnterSolar, "in addition to supporting the environment, Ultrachem will also see a significant reduction in electricity costs while mitigating future power price increases".
"We were delighted to have had the Ultrachem solar project selected to participate in the new Delaware SREC Pilot Program", said Steve Burns, EnterSolar Project Manager, "this program provided our client with the long-term cash flow visibility they required to make a prudent capital investment decision." This was EnterSolar's first major commercial solar project in Delaware.
Established in 1965, Ultrachem is one of the oldest specialty synthetic lubricant compounders and has become a leading supplier to the OEM and industrial maintenance markets. With its headquarters and manufacturing facilities in Delaware, Ultrachem offers a wide range of products including food grade lubricants, impregnating oils and gels, high-pressure compression lubricants, and gas compression lubricants. For additional information about Ultrachem, visit www.ultracheminc.com.