From their inception over 20 years ago, Pioneer Millworks has been a green-minded company, salvaging wood across the country and repurposing it into flooring, paneling, fixtures, and more. To offset their energy consumption, Pioneer Millwork moved from wind power to solar energy with their own solar panel system. Following their ethos of supporting local businesses and products made in the USA, the PV panels in the solar array were made in the Pacific Northwest and installed by a local solar company,QwikSolar.
“Solar power was a logical progression, an exciting next step for us,” explained Jennifer Young, General Manager of Pioneer Millworks.
The panels will harness the most energy during the long summer days and clear cooler weather in Farmington. We expect the 50kW system will supplement a good portion of our consumption, enough to power our office space, and will allow us to feed back to the grid whenever possible.
188 Solarworld 265 Watt PV Panels were installed on the roof of the shop at Pioneer Millworks. The DC current gathered by each panel is converted to AC at the same panel. Using Enlighten Solar Manager S/W, panel-by-panel production monitoring can be done from any computer. To better performance and lower demand spikes, soft starts will be installed on equipment that don’t already have it. This solar array joins the 192 Solarworld Panels that are installed on top of sister company, New Energy Works, timber frame shop.
“NYSERDA [New York State Energy Research and Development Agency] and New York State assistance, Federal Tax Credits, and knowledgeable companies like QwikSolar make solar power a viable option for just about anyone,” said Young.
We expect our system combined with New Energy Works’ will provide a good example of the possibility and efficiency of solar power for our clients in addition to offsetting operations costs.
Pioneer Millworks is the leader in the reclaimed wood industry. To date, they’ve rescued nearly 23 million board feet of old wood from rot and landfills, giving it new life as flooring, millwork, cabinetry, and more. All manufactured in a way that’s healthy for customers, employees, and the planet. Pioneer Millworks is FSC certified and Green America approved. All of their products are LEED point eligible.
QwikSolar has been installing systems since 1994, from small off-grid battery systems to massive 10,000 panel utility scale systems. They handled everything from the engineering to the final inspection of the Pioneer Millworks and New Energy Works systems.
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This post was prepared by Solar Thermal Magazine staff.