Nice-Pak Products and its sister company, Professional Disposables International, go solar with one of the largest rooftop solar systems in New York State. The PV system is expected to generate approximately 1 million kilowatt-hours of energy per year and supply 15% of the building’s total electricity load.
Here’s a new one. We’ve seen numerous businesses go solar as they find they can save money by generating power from the sun. They range from retail outlets to farms to bakeries. Now, we can add pre-moistened wipes to the list.
Nice-Pak Products, Inc. and its sister company, Professional Disposables International, Inc., (PDI) celebrated Earth Week with a ceremony marking completion of a new solar installation. The solar array was installed on the roof of its headquarters and manufacturing plant in Orangeburg, New York.
The 855 kW array is the largest of its kind in Rockland County and among the ten largest rooftop solar systems in New York State. Approximately 21% of all solar installed in Rockland County is now being generated at Nice-Pak and PDI’s shared facility.
The companies received funding for the project through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) under Governor Andrew Cuomo’s NY-Sun Initiative. Nice-Pak and PDI will also receive an incentive for the project through the Federal Business Energy Investment Tax Credit (ITC).
The ballasted roof-mounted PV system is expected to generate approximately 1 million kilowatt-hours of energy per year and supply 15% of the building’s total electricity load. The system was designed and installed by Lighthouse Solar of New Paltz, New York. Lighthouse Solar was recently recognized by NYSERDA with its 2012/2013 Excellence in Quality Award.
Nice-Pak and PDI installed the solar array as part of their shared commitment to invest in and support sustainable business practices that help meet the companies’ goals for energy use and emissions. The array will reduce the companies’ environmental footprint by up to 1.5 million pounds of carbon dioxide per year.
“We touch consumers of our products more than 100 billion times a year worldwide. With this extensive reach comes great responsibility,” said Robert Julius, Chairman and CEO of Nice-Pak, in a statement. “We are grateful for Governor Cuomo’s NY-Sun Initiative, NYSERDA and other partners who are helping us meet the growing demand for wet wipe solutions through business practices that respect the environment.”
“At PDI, we embrace the opportunity to improve outcomes for patients in healthcare and protect our surrounding communities at the same time,” said Zachary Julius, CEO of PDI. “We believe in continually finding ways to work smarter, better and more efficiently to Be the Difference for those who rely on us.”
“Governor Cuomo’s NY Sun initiative is increasing the use of solar energy across the state by working with great partners like Nice-Pak and PDI to help them make investments in this terrific energy resource,” said John B. Rhodes, President and CEO, NYSERDA. “NY-Sun is one of many energy initiatives that will scale up the state’s clean energy economy while bringing affordable, reliable and resilient power to New Yorkers.”