Vernon Business Goes Green

Solar panel installation will help ease city’s electric grid.

By EGP Staff Report

The heavily industrial city of Vernon will soon reduce its greenhouse emissions through a partnership that will lead to the installation of a solar rooftop that will save thousands of dollars in fossil fuel generated electricity.

Taking advantage of the city’s solar rebate program, Superior Lithographics and their tenant Mt. Vernon Investments LLC, partnered with the city to install a 400-kilowatt solar rooftop on the their property located on the 3000 block of Bandini Boulevard in Vernon.

A crew installs a solar panel on the roof of Superior Lithographics in Vernon. (Courtesy of Superior Lithographics)

A crew installs a solar panel on the roof of Superior Lithographics in Vernon. (Courtesy of Superior Lithographics)

Superior Lithographics, a packaging printer that specializes in large photographic images like those seen on big screen TV boxes, will own the solar grid, while Mt. Vernon Investments will retain ownership of the building, in what the partners are a calling a shared-desire to be more environmentally friendly.

The $1.3 million solar system will provide over one-third of the power used by Superior Lithographics for their printing press and paper converting equipment, which produces 120 tons of printed images a day.

The move to solar power will save the company an estimated $120,000 in electric costs a year.

The system, which is expected to be up and running sometime in September, will generate 627,000 kilowatt hours in power each year, reducing the carbon dioxide greenhouse gas emissions by 420 tons per year or the equivalent of planting one acre of forest every day, according to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency).

Though Superior Lithographics, which was founded in Vernon, revolves around the business of creating paper goods, the company makes it a point to use recycled paper, recycle what it doesn’t use and invest in energy efficient machines.

“It is socially responsible and fits with our customer experience to be environmentally responsible through the use of renewable resources,” said Superior Lithographics President Doug Rawson in a statement.

According to Rawson, the system will reduce the company’s strain on the electrical grid during peak hours, with nearly 100 percent of Superior Lithographics energy needs being produced during daylight hours.

The project was financially possible by the city of Vernon’s Power and Light Company’s solar energy rebate program aimed at increasing renewable energy in the city. Installing solar panels is not something a small business would normally be able to do, if it were not for the rebate program, said Rawson.

Rawson told EGP cutting down their electric use “was the respectful thing to do for our neighbors in Vernon.”

 

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