Custom molder Injection Works Inc. is investing in a 290-kilowatt solar power system to help reduce its carbon footprint and electricity costs.
The project will cover about 42,000 square feet of the company's roof, according to President Chris Rapacki, and should be running by January, after permitting and testing.
“Our culture in the company is to be very sensitive of the environment,” he said by phone.
Rapacki added that the Mount Laurel, N.J., company made an effort to buy only U.S. components for the solar power system, even though he estimates that raised the cost by about 15 percent.
Injection Works is taking advantage of a state grant from its public utilities fund that will help cover about 30 percent of the cost.
To cut its energy costs in recent years, the company has replaced its lighting system and put in an Ingersoll Rand air compressor with a variable drive that operates only as needed. Injection Works also has been adding all-electric molding machines.
Solar system supplier Vanguard Energy Partners LLC of Branchburg, N.J., estimated the new system will offset about 25 percent of Injection Works' energy needs, Rapacki said.
“Purchasing electricity is one of our largest variable costs and I think this is going to significantly help,” he said.
Injection Works employs 40 in a 46,000-square-foot facility and has 23 presses, with clamping forces up to 720 tons. The company was formed in 1988 as Eptech Corp. in eastern Pennsylvania. It later relocated to New Jersey after acquiring the injection molding division of A.L. Hyde Co. The company was renamed Injection Works in 2010.