SAS Automation installs solar array at its HQ

  • August 03, 2011
  • SAS Automation LLC
  • News

August 3, 2011 - SAS Automation added a photovoltaic solar array to their corporate headquarters, in Xenia, Ohio. The solar panels are now generating approximately 36,000 watts of power on a sunny day and are expected to produce over 60 Million Watt Hours of electricity over the next year, saving the SAS manufacturing facility over 30% of their electricity costs. The array consists of 222 solar panels each providing 230 watts for a total of 51.2 kWatts making this the largest array in Greene County, Ohio. The solar installation was installed in July 2011 by Ohio-based electricians, contractors, and installation crews. This total project cost approximately $280,000. For this installation, SAS Automation was granted $140,000 in an Ohio State Grant and a 30% Federal Tax Credit. They will also be eligible to sell their Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SREC) enabling the equipment to pay for itself within 3 years, and showing a positive income thereafter. According to owner Trent Fisher, “We see an opportunity to continue lead the industry by being the first “green” renewable energy robotic tooling supplier worldwide. We hope by installing the clean and reliable solar system, we will attract like-minded customers who share in the vision of reduced carbon emissions and taking action to curb the global warming green house effect. We are committed to renewable energy and pleased to take this leading step. My hope is that other manufacturers will see our success and better apply the opportunities that solar and other renewable energy sources offer.” About SAS Automation SAS is a leading supplier of modular Robotic End-of-Arm Tooling, components, and gripper systems, capable of servicing any part and any robot. SAS manufactures in the USA “get a grip!”, and distributes Nile sprue nipper line, and Asian chucking/gripper line and is ISO 9001:2008 Quality Certified. Specialists in Robotic End-of-Arm Tooling for general material handling, palletizing, packaging & plastics industries. Sales, service & support to: USA, Canada, Mexico, Europe.   

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