Centrica Business Solutions will install a 1.3 MW solar system on the roof of the New York printer and link it to an energy storage system.
Mines Press, an 88-year-old family-owned company based in Cortlandt Manor, New York, provides print and mail services to thousands of businesses nationwide and manages the design and warehouse facilities for the popular consumer brand Iscream.
Under a 25-year agreement, Centrica Business Solutions installs solar on the roof of the 108,000-square-foot facility as part of a community solar project. Mines Press will participate as the commercial buyer and buy 40% of the credit, with the remainder of the excess energy being used by households, including many of the company’s own employees within the Con Edison utility area.
“We were given many options for putting solar on our roof, but it wasn’t until Centrica Business Solutions proposed this community solar project that all the pieces fell into place,” said Steven Mines, president of Mines Press. “The ability to lower our own energy costs, reduce our carbon footprint and provide similar benefits to the local community is an attractive option that we couldn’t ignore.”
Centrica Business Solutions has already replaced all lighting fixtures inside and outside the building with new energy-efficient LEDs, which will reduce electricity consumption throughout the plant by approximately 24%, delivering significant and permanent savings for the company.
“This solution for Mines Press is a demonstration of our commitment to building customer-centric projects that not only provide sustainability but also leverage market incentives and technology such as solar and storage to provide a meaningful financial benefit to the outcome of our customers,” said Chris. Covell, head of Centrica Business Solutions North America.
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