NJ Manufacturer Switches to Solar Energy

Estimates show that over the first year, the projected energy savings will be equivalent to the annual electricity usage of 78 households.
1,566 high-efficiency solar panels were installed on the roof of the 140,000-square-foot manufacturing plant. Image courtesy of Cary Compounds; S&A Molders

PVC compound manufacturer Cary Compounds and structural foam and injection molder S&A Molders have added a solar array at a shared manufacturing facility in Manalapan, N.J. The owners of the facilities, father and son, took advantage of New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s executed measure which establishes and modifies clean energy and energy efficiency programs, providing incentives for conversion to solar.

The Carys installed 1,566 monocrystalline high-efficiency solar panels on the roof of the 140,000-square-foot manufacturing plant. The system provides 639,000 kilowatt-hours of AC electricity which represents about 40 percent of the building’s annual electricity usage.

Vanguard Energy Partners handled the installation of the system. Estimates show that over the first year, the projected energy savings will be equivalent to the annual electricity usage of 78 households.

“We use a lot of electricity,” said Charles Cary, president of both companies, in a prepared statement. “We have large machines that work two shifts. We wanted to reduce our impact on the environment and our local community, and of course, save money. Governor Murphy’s initiative and incentives were instrumental in helping us make this decision.”