Texas-based PCI Solar has completed installation and commissioning of a rooftop solar array for AmeriPride Services, a major uniform rental and linen supply company in North America, at its Odessa, Texas, processing plant. This is AmeriPride’s second solar energy project, following a rooftop installation at its Worcester, Mass., location.
The solar projects are part of AmeriPride’s broader environmental sustainability effort that includes alternative fuel vehicles, heat reclamation systems, equipment upgrades, and water conservation and treatment. The company was one the first commercial laundries to earn the industry’s “Clean Green” certification, signifying its production facilities meet the highest international standards for water efficiency, energy conservation and best practices for reusing, reclaiming and recycling resources.
“AmeriPride is committed to leading the industry in environmental sustainability by testing and incorporating new technologies, such as solar power, that help move the textile industry forward,” says Mike Lavoie, director of mechanical engineering for AmeriPride. “As one of the biggest players in the industry, we have the resources to pilot innovative new programs that benefit our company, our customers and the community.”
The new 65 kW rooftop solar project, which consists of Hanwha Q Cells 335 W panels and Fronius inverters, will offset approximately 15% of AmeriPride’s energy use at its Odessa site. To overcome a somewhat complicated interconnection, PCI Solar says it worked closely with AmeriPride officials to ensure that the proposed design solution was compatible with AmeriPride’s ongoing business operations at the facility.
To help the project make economic sense, PCI Solar notes it leveraged Oncor’s cash rebate for solar energy projects. The rebate program, renewed for 2017, will provide $0.85/W toward the cost of the system, and when combined with federal tax credits, the project offered a compelling return on investment to AmeriPride.