Zwilling J.A. Henckels Goes Solar
Zwilling J.A. Henckels is a German knife manufacturer, and is one of the world’s oldest producers of kitchen knives, scissors, cookware, and flatware. Zwilling partnered with EnterSolar to install a solar photovoltaic system atop its new US facility in Pleasantville, NY.
Solar Photovoltaic System Specifications
The Zwilling J.A. Henckel solar photovoltaic system has a total capacity of 848.64 kW DC, which is comprised of 3,264 Hanwha 260W Q-Cells panels atop Zwillings’s 116,000-square-foot facility. The system is designed to offset 100% of Zwilling’s electrical load with an expected annual production of 992,800 kwh.
The system uses SolarEdge power optimizers, which increase energy output from photovoltaic systems by tracking the maximum power point of each individual module, thus allowing for flexibility when designing module string size, tilt, and orientation.
The environmental benefit of the system is equivalent to powering 94 homes for a year, or removing 144 cars from the road each year. Zwilling J.A. Henckel’s use of solar power will also result in the avoidance of about 405,857 pounds of CO2 per year.
Incentive Provided by NYSERDA’s Megawatt Block Program
Zwilling J.A. Henckels owns the system, and the project utilizes the NYSERDA Megawatt (MW) Block incentive structure. This is the first project to be completed for the MW-Block program, which allocates MW targets to specific regions of New York, and breaks those regions into blocks with funds for projects based on historical demand, market penetration, installed cost per watt, and equity on a regional basis. In addition, the available federal energy tax incentives made going solar a sound corporate capital investment.