GRAND JUNCTION, COLO. (May 15, 12:50 p.m. ET) — Acrylic sheet maker Reynolds Polymer Technology Inc. has installed a solar panel array that's saving the firm $1,000 per month in electricity costs.
Reynolds installed the array earlier this year at its plant in Grand Junction, Colo. Company officials estimated that savings from using the array will allow the system to pay for itself within five years.
The 100-kilowatt photovoltaic system ties into the area's traditional power grid. Any surplus power generated by the array is sold back to the local power company. All panels and power inverters used in the array are U.S.-made.
“We've been focusing on practical ways to reduce our carbon footprint for several years,” CEO Roger Reynolds III said in a news release. “Installing this solar panel system offered a good way to do this.”
The array “reduces our traditional energy consumption by 10 percent,” he added. “It was the right time for us to move forward with this project.”
Other sustainability efforts at Reynolds include a water reclamation system that's reduced the site's water consumption by more than 40 percent since being installed in 2009. A change to high efficiency lighting also reduced the site's lighting bill by 50 percent.
Reynolds, which provides design and engineering services, is a leading producer of custom acrylic sheet and claims to be the only acrylic aquarium panel maker in the United States. The firm has done amusement park work for Walt Disney Co. and Sea World, as well as complex architectural designs for resorts and residences, tunnels and viewing windows and for aquariums and zoos, and other structures.
In addition to its headquarters and plant in Grand Junction, Reynolds operates a plant in Rayong, Thailand.
The firm also was in the spotlight last year when it provided acrylic sheet used to protect an 89-year-old carousel that was installed at Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York. The carousel had been in storage since 1984 when a fire led to the closing of Idora Park in Youngstown, Ohio.