For over 40 years, South Atlantic Services, Inc. (SAS) has been a leader in the contract manufacturing of automotive fluids and agricultural products. The company continues to be an industry leader and recently completed the construction of a 500 kW photovoltaic solar energy system at their manufacturing facility in Wilmington, NC. The rooftop system is comprised of 2,033 solar panels which will utilize 35,000 square feet of otherwise unused roof space. The system is mounted to the roof using a non-penetrating mounting solution that clamps directly to the standing-seam metal roof. The system will produce enough energy for 46 average American homes and offset the CO2 emissions equivalent to 78 passenger vehicles. The project was engineered, procured, and constructed using a local workforce by commercial solar contractor United Renewable Energy, LLC.
“This solar project provided a unique opportunity to enhance our corporate economics while providing energy from a renewable source and reducing our carbon footprint. It was successful from several perspectives. We look forward to considering similar solar projects in the future.” said Frank Hamilton III, SAS President. The system will help offset the energy costs of South Atlantic Services, Inc. and contribute towards the continued growth of the Wilmington, NC based company. SAS is focused on ways to stay competitive and manage their operating costs. The solar energy project follows closely behind a high efficiency lighting retrofit of over 350,000 square feet of manufacturing, warehouse, and office space. SAS also manages costs by recycling their corrugated waste stream. William Silva, President of United Renewable Energy, commented, “We are extremely proud of our role in helping South Atlantic Services demonstrate their commitment to clean, renewable energy as well as local economic development. This project is a great example of how solar is good for the bottom line.”