March 31, 2011, Dalton, Georgia –
Dalton, Georgia – IVC US has commissioned a solar energy system at its new U.S. Headquarters in Dalton, Georgia. The rooftop solar array is complimented by a 15′ X 15′ solar tracker on the Dalton Bypass that follows the sun as it moves across the horizon.
The 101.66kW system collects radiation from the sun with Schüco panels, and converts the power for commercial energy use with a grid interactive inverter. The project was engineered, procured, and constructed by United Renewable Energy LLC, a commercial solar installer based out of Alpharetta, Georgia.
Last year IVC constructed its new US headquarters in Dalton with state-of-the-art manufacturing and distribution facilities. The 520,000 square foot building more than doubles the size of the previous location, and will further propel IVC US to the forefront of the domestic sheet vinyl industry. The $75 million capital investment has created more than 150 long-term jobs for Dalton, a community that has been plagued by unemployment caused by the economic recession. “IVC US believes in being good corporate stewards of our community and environment, and we understand the importance of minimizing our ecological footprint,” said Xavier Steyaert, CEO of IVC US. “Utilizing solar energy is one of several green initiatives we have integrated into our new facility.”
United Renewable Energy designed and constructed the solar power system using 476 Schüco Solar Panels, converting the solar energy for use in the plant. The energy collected from the panels is enough to power 10 average American homes, and offset approximately 2,000 tons of CO2 from the atmosphere during the 25 year lifetime of the system. The panels will supply enough energy to cover most of the corporate office use. “IVC US continues to raise the bar for responsibility in manufacturing, while investing in its community and business,” said William Silva, President of United Renewable Energy. “It was a pleasure to work with a growing manufacturing company who focuses on sustainability and quality in their flooring products.”
Businesses are reducing energy usage, cutting costs and hedging against increasing utility bills by generating clean renewable energy at manufacturing plants and commercial buildings throughout the southeast. Available incentives like state tax credits, utility company rebates, and Federal grants provide companies with payback of less than five years. The solar modules are designed to last 25 years or more, providing clean energy fueled by the sun.
IVC was founded in 1997 in Avelgem, Belgium and has evolved into a world-wide market leader in vinyl floor-coverings in the past decade. In 2004, IVC US was incorporated to service the United States and North American markets. This year IVC US opened its new 520,000 sq. ft. headquarters and manufacturing facility in Dalton, GA. Guided by the motto Never Take Anything for Granted, IVC continuously strives to improve technology and deliver innovative solutions for our customers’ ever changing needs. From residential to commercial applications, IVC products are designed to be both beautiful and functional.
About United Renewable Energy: United Renewable Energy LLC is a solar project developer and multi state electrical contractor specializing in solar photovoltaics. Operating throughout the East Coast, United Renewable Energy designs, procures, finances and safely installs high quality turnkey utility, industrial, and commercial solar projects. http://www.u-renew.com
About Schüco: Schüco is a worldwide leader for energy-efficient buildings. Driven by its competence in solar, facade technology, and the willingness to take responsibility for the blue planet. Founded in 1951, Schüco today operates with 5,000 employees and 12,000 partner companies in over 75 countries. The company, with its headquarters in Bielfeld, Germany raised $2.35 million annual sales in Euro. http://www.schueco.com/web/ca