Mar 01, 2013

Aerzen USA Goes Off the Grid

Solar panel system generates entire facility’s electricity

Aerzen USA Goes Off the Grid

Aerzen USA’s facility in Coatesville, Penn., is now running entirely on energy produced by a solar panel system created by RER Energy Group.

“This is unusual for a manufacturing facility,” said RER Energy Group President Jim Kurtz. “In most cases, solar only provides approximately half or less of a manufacturer's electric needs. But due to Aerzen USA’s emphasis on energy efficiency and the design of the LEED Gold building, the company is achieving this unusually high level.”

“It was never the main goal to save money, but rather to reduce our environmental footprint,” said Aerzen USA President Pierre Noack. “We want to reduce energy consumption as much as possible and then try to fulfill that need with solar energy.”

After trying for over two years to find the right solution for the solar project, the company decided in favor of a power purchase agreement (PPA) with RER. Aerzen submitted a number of Pennsylvania grants for this project, all of which either ran out of funds or were cancelled.

The RER Energy Group completed the installation, which consisted of 15 individuals working for about four weeks.