USA: Linzer Products Corp., one of the world’s largest manufacturers, importers, and exporters of paint tools and accessories, is replacing all the company’s electricity needs with clean, solar power at its paint brush factory in San Fernando, California.
The recent installation of a 614kW DC photovoltaic (PV) system includes 2,730 Mitsubishi Electric solar modules, installed by Sun Integration. The solar modules stretch across the factory’s flat roof, transforming it into a productive space that contributes to the company’s bottom line.
“Investing in a solar installation for our factory builds on our proud manufacturing history, while reducing our electrical costs and improving the environmental sustainability of our operations,” said Linzer president and COO, Brent Swenson. “Linzer’s commitment to producing quality paint tools dates back to 1892, and our commitment to environmental quality extends to future generations.”
The system is estimated to produce 920 MWh of electricity per year. The project is financed in part by the federal investment tax credit, and a rebate from the California Solar Initiative.
“Sun Integration applauds Linzer Products Corporation for powering their production facility with the sun,” said Sevan Varteressian, president of Sun Integration. “It was rewarding to work with Linzer to advance the company’s environmental and economic goals through installation of their PV system.”
Linzer Products selected Mitsubishi Electric solar modules for their PV installation based on the company’s 92 years of experience in the electronics business. In addition to Mitsubishi Electric’s reputation for highly efficient and durable solar modules, Linzer valued the product’s environmental credentials, including lead-free solder, and its production in a solar-powered facility with IS0 14001 certification.
“Mitsubishi Electric and Linzer Products Corporation share the philosophy that product quality is reflected in the economic and environmental sustainability of the manufacturing process,” said Gina Heng, VP and GM of Mitsubishi Electric’s photovoltaic division. “We are pleased to be able to help a local manufacturer harness the sun with the use of our solar modules.”