PV Array Adds to Environmental Profile

SolarCraft Services has commissioned a 106-kW photovoltaic (PV) system for Avalon Natural Products of California, a manufacturer of natural and organic personal products.

“Our primary reason for installing PV is to help utilize green energy and reduce our dependence on other less clean forms of energy,” said Mark Egide, the President of Avalon. “For us, installing a solar electric system is simply an extension of our green philosophy.” The PV system provides 100 percent of Avalon’s electricity needs on an annual basis for the company’s 55,000 square foot office and distribution center. Avalon received a rebate for approximately 50 percent of the cost from the California Energy Commission, and expects to save $35,000 per year in electrical expenses. SolarCraft Services, headquartered in Novato, California, installed a non-penetrating roof mounting system manufactured by RWE Schott Solar, and comprised of Schott’s ASE 300 solar panels. “The solar panels that we use are very environmentally friendly,” said Chris Bunas, Director of SolarCraft’s Photovoltaic Division. “The panels use no lead or other harsh chemicals, and that also contributes to Avalon’s green ethic. Avalon’s roof gets a lot of sun and the solar panels will also serve as a sunshade, which will lower Avalon’s energy costs during warmer months of the year.”