Edison Energy has helped major specialty chemical manufacturer Ashland add one of Delaware’s largest solar carports to its headquarters in Wilmington. Ashland relocated to Delaware from Kentucky after its purchase of Hercules, Inc., a Wilmington-based chemical and munitions manufacturer.
The new solar carports are part of a sustainability program that has also turned a former landfill on the campus into habitat for birds, butterflies, foxes, and other wildlife. The carports generate 904 kilowatts of electric power, enough for 160 typical households, and were installed by Constellation Energy, a subsidiary of Exelon.
An S&P MidCap 400 company with over 4,200 employees, Ashland, supplies specialty chemicals to the adhesives, architectural coatings, automotive, construction, energy, food and beverage, nutraceuticals, personal care, and pharmaceutical markets in over 100 countries. The company’s leadership in energy savings, hazardous waste reduction, and other sustainability steps has been recognized by the American Chemistry Council, the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates, the National Safety Council, and the Wildlife Habitat Council.
“Setting ambitious goals across sourcing, operations, and product solutions represents a major milestone for a company with such complex operations,” said Oded J. Rhone, CEO of Edison Energy, in Ashland’s press release. “Edison Energy is honored to work with a leading organization that is focused on mitigating its climate-related business footprint with a focused renewable energy and sustainability strategy.”
— Solar Builder magazine