Pioneer Millworks Extends Its Green Initiatives with Solar Power

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A reclaimed wood company adds to its green program by installing solar on its roof. The company chose PV panels made in the Pacific Northwest and a local solar installer, QwikSolar.

Pioneer Millworks in upstate New York has a strong sustainability program. The company has now added a solar PV system to its other green initiatives.  

To support local businesses and products made in the USA, the company chose PV panels made in the Pacific Northwest and a local solar installer, QwikSolar.

 

“Solar power was a logical progression, an exciting next step for us,” explained Jennifer Young, General Manager of Pioneer Millworks. “The panels will harness the most energy during the long summer days and clear cooler weather in Farmington. We expect the 50 kW system will supplement a good portion of our consumption, enough to power our office space, and will allow us to feed back to the grid whenever possible.”

 

The system consists of 188 Solarworld 265-watt PV panels installed on the roof of the shop at Pioneer Millworks. Using Enlighten Solar Manager S/W, panel-by-panel production can be monitored from any computer. To improve performance and lower demand spikes, soft starts will be installed on equipment that don’t already have it.

 

This solar array joins the 192 Solarworld Panels that are installed on top of Pioneer Millworks’ sister company New Energy Works, a timber frame shop.

 

“NYSERDA [New York State Energy Research and Development Agency] and New York State assistance, Federal Tax Credits, and knowledgeable companies like QwikSolar make solar power a viable option for just about anyone,” said Young. “We expect our system combined with New Energy Works’ will provide a good example of the possibility and efficiency of solar power for our clients in addition to offsetting operations costs.”