SOUTH PLAINFIELD, USA: GloPak Corp. announced the installation of a solar power system to reduce energy consumption and lower the environmental impact of its South Plainfield, New Jersey manufacturing facility.
This initiative consists of the installation of 3,454 solar panels – fixed to the roof and the surrounding property of GloPak’s South Plainfield facility. The combined ground and roof mounted systems will produce over 1 megawatt of solar energy resulting in electricity savings in excess of $180,000 annually, consequently reducing GloPak’s reliance on the energy grid and helping to reduce pollution in the State of New Jersey.
The new solar panel system is also expected to reduce environmental impact of the facility, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by over 7,000 tons. The roof system has been operational for several months and the ground mounted system will be operational in early 2012.
“This solar project allows us to build sustainable content into our products while still providing quality to our customers,” stated Harold Martin Sr., CEO of GloPak Corp., “As part of our commitment to the environment, focusing on green and sustainable solutions, our new plant will reduce our carbon footprint. Our CO2 emission will be reduced by 690 Metric Tons of Carbon Dioxide each production year. We are very proud of our efforts to improve the environment.”
In addition to installing solar panels, GloPak uses extensive recycling programs, energy-saving lighting systems and biodiesel to lessen its impact on the environment.
GloPak tapped Rockaway, NJ-based The Solar Center to install the state-of-the art PV (Photovoltaic) system in December 2010.
Currently, the GloPak project is approximately half complete, and will be fully operational in early 2012. "We are thrilled to be working on this project with GloPak that is setting the standard for corporate environmental stewardship in New Jersey," said Gerry Heimbuch, VP of Commercial Projects at The Solar Center.
"This is one of the largest green initiatives in the New Jersey manufacturing sectors and we are proud that GloPak selected The Solar Center to build it," expressed Heimbuch.