A solar electric energy installation to be completed before year’s end will enable Pennsylvania-based PennFleet Corporation to perform 100 percent of its customer truck repairs using the power of the sun. PennFleet, a provider of collision repair services, mechanical services and roadside emergency response for medium to large truck fleets, will use more than 500 roof-mounted solar panels and five inverters to convert sunlight to electricity.
Installed by Paradise Energy Solutions of Paradise, Pa., the new system will generate enough kilowatt hours in its first year of production to cover 102% of the company’s annual power usage.
“We’re always looking for ways to reduce our environmental impact,” said Jim Kolea, President. “We care about how we treat the planet just like we care about how we treat our people.”
Work began on the project in November and is expected to be completed around the first week of December. The new system will function for at least 25 years and reduce PennFleet’s dependence on the traditional power grid to near zero. The company works to shrink its environmental footprint in all aspects of operation, from recycling used solvents, batteries and tires to turning waste oil into a heat source.
Founded in 2004, PennFleet is one of the fastest growing privately held companies in Greater Philadelphia, employing more than 30 people.
— Solar Builder magazine