Tuesday, January 29, 2013

News: PV Power Plant for Concrete Manufacturer

5 acre ground mount system provides electricity to high-usage consumer; PPA guarantees electricity rate for 25 years

Dublin (Georgia), January 29, 2013. MAGE SOLAR, a turn-key provider of optimally coordinated solar PV solutions, and Paradise Energy Solutions, an integrator company operating in nine North Eastern states, announced the completion of a 1.12 MW system for Martin Limestone Inc.


Martin Limestone, Inc. is a construction materials supplier providing aggregates, hot-mix asphalt, paving, and concrete products from plants in several locations throughout Pennsylvania. Staying cost competitive without compromising quality has been a huge challenge for the industry in general, especially as utility costs are continually rising. For its New Holland facility Martin Limestone decided to opt for a renewable energy system that would give it a long-term financial advantage. The site is home to a block and ready-mix manufacturing plant as well as warehouses, stores, and offices.


But rather than investing in and securing financing for a solar system that would cover nearly 50% of the energy needs for the New Holland Concrete facility, the company chose to engage in a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Sunstream Energy. Sunstream Energy, a sister company of Paradise Energy, is leasing five acres of land on New Holland Concrete’s property where it has installed the 1.12 MW solar farm. In return, Sunstream Energy sells the generated electricity to New Holland Concrete under a 25-year fixed rate.


"As a business this project allows us to lock in reasonable long-term electric rates using a clean, renewable power source without a significant upfront investment," comments Jeff Detwiler, chief executive officer of Martin Limestone, the owner of New Holland Concrete. "The system also generates the highest amounts of power during our peak production times."


The 4,480 MAGE POWERTEC PLUS modules are mounted on 8 rows of ground mounts and are expected to generate 1.5 million kWh annually, enough electricity to power about 150 homes. Paradise Energy built the system, one of the county’s largest, in only four months and will continue to monitor it for optimal maximum power production. Since the MAGE POWERTEC PLUS modules are warranted to produce 0 to +5 W tolerances only, the system is engineered to generate the highest energy yields possible. Additionally MAGE SOLAR’s signature 30-year 80% power output guarantee ensures some of the longest ROI periods in the industry.


"This project created numerous jobs during the construction phase,” said Tim Beiler, CEO of Paradise Energy Solutions. “It is mutually beneficial to the investor, Sunstream Energy, and to the end user of the electricity, Martin Limestone.  I have been thrilled with the cooperation from all parties involved to make this project happen, helping to create a bright and sustainable future for the community."

Financing for the system was made possible in part by the Department of Treasury’s 1603 grant program which covered 30% of the project costs, as well as favorable bonus depreciation rules for solar energy systems. The system was commenced at the end of December 2012. 


 “The Martin Limestone installation is a particularly great example of the role renewable energy systems play as a valuable economic tool,” adds Joe Thomas, President and CEO of MAGE SOLAR USA. “They have the power to leverage competitiveness and manage operating expenses for the long-term even for high energy users like Martin Limestone. Our sincere thanks and appreciation also go to our partners at Paradise Energy for executing this project so swiftly and competently.”

Limestone, a construction materials supplier based in East Earl, PA. © Paradise Ener

MAGE SOLAR – The Sun on Your Side

MAGE SOLAR USA, headquartered in Dublin, Georgia, specializes in complete solar systems and provides high-quality photovoltaic modules, intelligent mounting systems and high-performance brand inverters. As a subsidiary of the international MAGE GROUP, it uses the Group’s 40 years of know-how to develop optimally coordinated system solutions. A competent partner network guarantees profitable solar energy systems for customers throughout the Americas and in 21 more countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. In 2011, the company generated U$280 in sales with around 180 employees.





Paradise Energy Solutions

Paradise Energy Solutions, LLC is an experienced and qualified solar energy contractor with offices in Pennsylvania, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York and Ohio.  They are a fully licensed and insured Solar Energy Contractor in Pennsylvania (PA), New Jersey (NJ), Maryland (MD), Delaware (DE), New York (NY), Massachusetts (MA), Ohio (OH), and Illinois (IL).  They are also an “Approved Solar PV Installer” under many state rebate programs in the states listed.   Paradise Energy has 45 employees and has installed a total of over 5 megawatts of solar-power as of the end of 2012.  In addition, Paradise Energy Solution’s CEO Tim Beiler, as well as Larry Beiler, Manager of PA Operations, have earned the industry's leading recognition of expertise as a certified installer of solar electric systems (aka "photovoltaic" or "PV" systems) and certified technical sales from the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP).







About Sunstream Energy

Sunstream Energy, a sister company of Paradise Energy Solutions, is a growing investment company that specializes in large Solar systems. Owned and operated by four brothers, they have more than a megawatt of solar production.


About Martin Limestone

Martin Limestone, a division of New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., Inc., is a mining, manufacturing, and paving construction company based in East Earl, PA.  Their construction materials are produced for agricultural and industrial uses as well as the construction of roads, homes, athletic facilities and corporate and industrial buildings throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.

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