One of the largest commercial cider mills in New England recently partnered with solar provider Solect Energy to install a 300 kW solar energy system on the roof of its Leominster, Mass., facility.
Aware of the environmental benefits, and with key partners successfully going solar, New England Apple Products opted to invest in a system for its own operations. The solar array is expected to cover approximately 90% of the company’s annual electricity use.
“Partnering with Solect to install solar is an excellent opportunity to reduce the company’s carbon footprint and generate a long-term financial gain for the business,” said Steve Rowse, president of New England Apple Products. “Our long-standing colleagues in the apple world, JP Sullivan Packing Services in Ayer, had recently installed an array of their own with Solect, and the quality of their experience helped ease many of our concerns.”
“Assisting manufacturers like New England Apple with reducing energy costs allows them to reinvest in their business. This helps the local economy and creates job growth,” said Scott Howe, partner in business development at Solect.
New England Apple Products is projected to save $40,000 annually on its electricity bill and is able to take advantage of state and federal tax and financial incentives, including solar renewable energy certificates.
“We plan to put our savings back into the business, so those savings will allow us to continue to grow by mitigating the unpredictable surges in electricity costs associated with expansion,” added Rowse. “Any company interested in solar should run the numbers, as they are likely to find that it’s a conversation worth having. Plus, the environmental benefits are obvious and not to be overlooked.”
New England Apple Products’ new solar installation joins an array of other green efforts that the company has been dedicated to for some time. These include programs that range from donating the company’s left-over apple solids to local cattle farmers to augment their feed, to comprehensive recycling practices in place for waste plastic, cardboard and mixed grade paper.