Acme-McCrary Corp., headquartered in Asheboro, N.C., has developed a large solar thermal energy project at its Pritchard St. hosiery manufacturing facility.
The thermal system features 200 panels that are expected to generate 10,000 gallons of hot water a day for the company's hosiery and seamless apparel dying processes. Alternative Energy Technologies LLC, based in Jacksonville, Fla., supplied the panels. The system includes two 10,000 gallon hot water storage tanks.
The solar thermal project was developed in partnership with FLS Energy, which designed and installed the system at no up-front cost to Acme-McCrary. FLS Energy is selling the thermal energy to Acme-McCrary at a price below the cost of fossil fuels.
The project was supported in part by a grant from the North Carolina State Energy Office under its American Recovery and Reinvestment Act-funded renewable energy grant program.