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., where it also is based. Company officials estimate that savings from using the system will allow it 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. 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 its traditional energy consumption by 10 percent, he added.
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 cut the site's lighting bill by 50 percent.
Reynolds, which provides design and engineering services, is a leading custom acrylic sheet maker and claims to be the only acrylic aquarium panel maker in the U.S. It has done amusement-park work for Walt Disney Co. and SeaWorld, as well as complex architectural designs for resorts and residences, tunnels and viewing windows and for aquariums and zoos, and other structures.
Reynolds runs 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.