AUSTIN, Texas – PCI Solar has completed installation and commissioning of a rooftop solar energy system for AmeriPride Services, a leading textile rental services and 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, Massachusetts 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 worldwide 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,” said 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 rooftop solar energy system, composed of Hanwha Q Cells 335 Watt panels and Fronius inverters, will offset approximately 15 percent of AmeriPride’s energy use at its Odessa site. To overcome a somewhat complicated interconnection, PCI Solar 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 leveraged Oncor’s cash rebate for solar energy projects. The rebate program, renewed for 2017, will provide $0.85/Watt towards the cost of the system. When combined with federal tax credits, the project offered a compelling ROI to AmeriPride.