Headquartered in Manchester, New Hampshire, BURNDY® is a manufacturer with a strong line of specialty coordinating dies, connectors and tools. Their range now includes an offering of connectors, wiring accessories and installation tooling specifically designed to service the renewable energy market, both wind and solar. And to put their money where their mouth is, BURNDY® has now added solar of their own with the addition of a 24-Series AllSun solar tracker at their Littleton, NH facility.
Completed in December 2011, this new solar tracker system is designed to produce approximately 9,600 kWh of clean energy each year while offsetting approximately 12,600 lbs. of CO2 emissions. With a net metering device, BURNDY® will also see a credit from its local Utility for those days when production exceeds demand.
Rick Robicheau, Project Manager for BURNDY®, points out: “This newly installed system is a triple-win for BURNDY®, as we are able to reduce our environmental footprint while supporting our ongoing green initiatives, and promote our products designed for these systems.”
Supporting the Renewable Energy Industry
BURNDY® provides a bonding and grounding system specific to the solar photovoltaic industry. Used on the recent tracker installation is BURNDY®’s patented Wiley WEEB product offering, which provides an electrical bond between the solar modules and the mounting systems ensuring that the entire assembly is properly grounded. The BURNDY® Littleton, NH facility is now the manufacturing operations base for the Wiley product offering.
Also supporting the project is a suite of federal and state incentives available to businesses. The solar tracker was installed in 2011, making it eligible for a 30% federal treasury grant, and a generous state rebate of $1/Watt up to $50,000 – in this case, $5,760. While Congress has so-far failed to renew the 1603 tax grant program, businesses are still eligible for a 30% federal tax credit and the New Hampshire’s Commercial & Industrial Incentives (C&I – slightly reduced in 2012 to $.80/Watt). Over $400,000 in NH state rebate funds are available as of April 1, 2012.
“New Hampshire’s Commercial & Industrial Incentives make it possible for a business to lock in a below-utility rate for electricity over the next 20 years,” said Dan Clapp, ReVision Energy’s Exeter, NH Branch Manager. “As costs of traditional energy continue to go up, solar offers an opportunity to reduce operating costs and offset carbon emissions from grid electricity.”
ReVision Energy has been installing AllSun Trackers – built by Vermont-based AllEarth Renewables – for around a year. AllSun Trackers use innovative GPS and wireless solar technology to follow the sun throughout the day to boost solar energy production by up to 45%. The ground-mounted solar systems are designed for homes, businesses, non-profits, and commercial-scale installations, and boast up to 30% more production than a comparably sized roof-mounted array. Their first array, was a 3kw tracker installed for Lake Region Community College in Laconia, NH, which was formally commissioned September 21st, 2011. (This was featured in Green Energy Times, Oct. 15, 2011 on p.7)
Businesses interested in New Hampshire’s C&I program can learn more at: www.puc.nh.gov/Sustainable%20Energy/RenewableEnergyRebates-CI.html