Solar Energy Project
In a continued effort to reduce our carbon footprint and build upon ongoing “green” initiatives, Aubuchon Hardware and Nexamp, Inc. completed the construction of a 548 kilowatt (kW) solar photovoltaic (PV) project. The project, which began on August 28th, 2012, took 100 days to complete and is expected to produce approximately 600,000 kWh of electricity annually, meeting almost 70% of the electricity needs of the Aubuchon Hardware Distribution Center in Westminster, MA.
That’s enough electricity to meet the consumption demands of nearly 80 average size New England homes, eliminating almost 450 tons of CO2 emissions each year!
The project is comprised of 1,896 roof mounted Suntech 290-watt solar modules (or panels), a Solectria 500 kW inverter, and uses a PanelClaw roof mounting system. The solar modules generate DC electricity, which is fed down to the inverter and converted into AC electricity for use in the building and the grid. The inverter and the mounting system are manufactured locally in Massachusetts, and the system was designed and installed by Nexamp, Inc. of North Andover, MA.
By taking advantage of the solar policies and incentives available from the Federal Government and Massachusetts, approximately 35% of the nearly $1.9M investment will be recovered in the project’s first year of operation alone. In addition to significant electricity savings, Aubuchon Hardware will benefit from the sale of Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs) generated by the project, as well as various state and federal tax incentives. Charlie Aubuchon, Vice President of Distribution Center Operations, who oversaw the installation of the rooftop solar array, expects
conservatively, to realize more than $2.3M in electricity savings over the first 25 years of operation.
He went on to comment that, “there are many unknowns, depending on how many sunny days we have. These panels produce the most power on sunny days and the more the weather cooperates the sooner the project will pay for itself.” The expected lifetime of this type of solar PV system is 30+ years, potentially offering substantial additional savings.
Aubuchon Hardware Environmental Sustainable Recycling Programs
REDUCE • REUSE • RECYCLE
- Cardboard from the Distribution Center (DC) and Aubuchon Hardware stores
- Plastic shrink wrap from DC and stores
- Fluorescent and CFL bulbs from DC, stores and Customers. Customers can bring their bulbs in to be recycled, free of charge.
- Office paper waste from DC
- Wood: wood pallets, scrap wood, etc. from DC and stores
- Electronics: computers/printers from DC and stores