Pilkington R&D facility goes solar

Pilkington North America Inc.
May 25, 2011
COMMERCIAL, FABRICATION : SOLAR

Officials from Pilkington North America Inc., with headquarters in Toledo, Ohio, announced a new one-acre solar array project at its research and development center in Northwood, Ohio, according to a May 25 company release. Hull & Associates Inc. has partnered with Pilkington to develop and install the 250 kilowatt ground-mounted, solar photovoltaic energy facility on a brownfield site originating from the company's former East Toledo float plant. The solar energy facility is the largest private sector, behind-the-meter, renewable energy project in Ohio, according to the release. The ribbon cutting ceremony for the solar field is scheduled for June 9 at the Northwood R&D center.

The solar field utilizes panels incorporating the NSG Group's solar energy glass products, supplied by First Solar. The Northwood solar energy facility will supply approximately 12 percent of its power requirements, while reducing annual electric consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. The new solar facility became fully operational earlier this spring, according to the release.

Development of the $1.5 million solar energy project was partially supported by a $680,782 grant from the Ohio Energy Office through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act's State Energy Program.