President Container Group Solar Array Design/Build
President Container Group is one of the largest corrugated box plants in North America. Completed in less than a year, the President Container Group solar array is among the largest privately owned arrays in the state of New York.
GEM Energy was chosen as the the design/build contractor for this 2.1 MW ground mount solar array. It will provide approximately 15% of the company’s annual power requirements. Having the array on the customer side of the utility meter further reduces the company’s utility rate by using free solar during high demand electricity-use periods such as severe winter low temperatures or high heat days. This is known as ‘peak shaving’ of demand/capacity charges that are added to utility bills.
Some unique features of this project include use of an unbuildable parcel of land as the array site. The topography of the site had grades in excess of 20% and was pie-shaped preventing any building expansion from happening in this area. GEM Energy utilized sophisticated AGTEK software to cost-effectively design grades that would work, delivering the highest solar output from the array.
The site has over 3,000 driven piles holding fixed-axis, galvanized racks to cradle the solar panels. Its solar panels allow the most solar harvest possible with an extended, power-producing window of time on highest output days.
GEM Energy worked with NYSERDA to secure incentive money to help pay for the project and, in the nearby town of Wallkill, New York, helped town personnel to establish jurisdictional procedures and processes as this was the first-ever solar project in the area.
Over the 25-year array warranty, this solar array will offer a tremendous hedge for President Container against rising power rates.
...Generating two megawatts of energy is an annual savings equivalent to 25 percent of our electric billRichard Goldberg, Vice President of Operations
President Container Group