Massachusetts company goes green with solar panel-lined roof
Upon the installation of a 217-kilowatt solar energy system, Norwell, Massachusetts American Plumbing and Heating will derive 100 percent of the electricity used by its 43,000-square-foot headquarter from the sun, the Patriot Ledger reports.
"American Plumbing and Heating has the ideal building for solar and we’re very interested in lowering our operational costs," said Joseph F. Clancy, president of the company, which is one of the largest commercial plumbing and fire contractors in the state. "The green benefits plus the financial incentives make the decision to invest in solar a no-brainer."
The company plans to capitalize on Massachusetts' tax incentives that help lower the costs of switching to renewable energy sources. Owners of solar panel installations can use the system to generate revenue by selling excess power back to the utility, helping both utilities and the state achieve their renewable energy goals.
According to the Massachusetts Department of Energy and Environmental Affairs, as of April 1, 2012, 110 megawatts of solar energy had been installed in Massachusetts, on course to to meet the state's plan to generate 250 megawatts of solar energy by 2017.