Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Largest Solar Array in Georgia Installed

Floor products importer and manufacturer USFloors has commissioned the largest solar array in the state of Georgia.

The 365-kilowatt system at the building in Dalton, in north west Georgia, was installed by United Renewable Energy, LLC, of Alpharetta, also in Georgia.

The facility now supplies about half of the building’s energy requirements.

It comprises 1,521 solar panels from Norcross-based Suniva, along with an SMA Sunny Central Inverter to turn solar-generated DC power into AC electricity suitable for use by appliances and export to the grid.

The installation is USFloor’s third solar array, which total more than 540-kilowatts in generating capacity, enough to supply 54 homes with electricity. The project received support in the form of a 30% federal stimulus grant and a 35% state grant from the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority.

USFloors, which distributes and manufactures cork and bamboo flooring, said the solar installations form part of its “greenstreamed” operations, a move that has been taken to cope with the current economy.

It is in the process of turning its facility into an LEED-certified building with clean energy upgrades, to cut costs and its carbon footprint.

The company said its latest solar array is the largest in Georgia, eclipsing the record once held by the Georgia Tech Natatorium, installed for the 1996 Olympics.

Piet Dossche, President of USFLOORS, said: “USFloors strives to be an example of how a privately-owned company can be a part of the effort to contribute to the solution of cleaner power.”


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