On December 20, 2013, Filtrine turned the switch on its new 30 KWP solar array installed on the roof of its factory. The system includes 120 Trina 250 watt modules arranged along the north edge of the gently sloped roof and was installed by a local company, Solar Source, a division of the Melanson Co. Filtrine’s personnel assisted in welding the brackets for the panels, which generate about 30,000 KWH per year.
This will reduce Filtrine’s carbon footprint by about 22,000 lbs. of CO2 emissions each year (using US EPA’s conversion of 722 lbs/KWH for New England). The installation cost of approximately $110,000 is expected to be paid off in 5 to 6 years. This most recent upgrade is a continuation of Filtrine’s long-standing commitment to sustainable manufacturing and environmental stewardship. Previous projects include: the installation of high-efficiency T-8 fluorescent bulbs and electronic ballasts (2008), and a solar hot-water system for use in our test facility (2010).
As a result of these efforts, Filtrine was the 2010 City of Keene’s Green Business of the Year Award recipient.