NORCROSS, Ga.–July 8th, 2015–Suniva, Inc., a U.S. manufacturer of high-efficiency crystalline silicon solar cells and modules, today announced that its first installation in Michigan with McNaughton-McKay Electric is live and powering the Washtenaw Food Hub in Ann Arbor.
The Suniva Optimus-powered solar system, owned by the Washtenaw Food Hub, and installed by Homeland Solar, is interconnected to Detroit Edison. The power generated from the ground mount and rooftop array will serve the multi-purpose facility’s energy requirements, primarily refrigeration and a commercial kitchen, and is projected to produce fifty megawatts annually.
“It’s been gratifying to see this project unfold using Michigan-made materials,” said Mark Ferda of McNaughton-McKay. “Once we learned about the Food Hub’s commitment to Michigan materials, we knew Suniva panels would be the perfect fit due to their new manufacturing plant in neighboring Saginaw, MI.”
“It’s especially rewarding to see this Suniva-powered solar project in Michigan, home to our recent manufacturing expansion,” said Matt Card, vice president of global sales and marketing of Suniva. “McNaughton-McKay is a highly valued partner for us in the region and has an important role in the future of powering Michigan with clean energy. Our partnerships with superior service providers, such as McNaughton-McKay and installers such as Homeland Solar, ensure that consumers get the highest quality solutions possible.”
The Food Hub took advantage of the USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) and qualified for a 25% grant.
Suniva® is the leading American manufacturer of high-efficiency crystalline silicon photovoltaic (PV) solar cells and high-power solar modules. The company is known for its high-quality products, industry-leading technology, reliability and high power density. Headquartered in metro-Atlanta, Georgia, and with manufacturing facilities in Georgia and Michigan, Suniva sells its advanced PV cells and modules globally. For additional information on how Suniva is making solar sensible, visit www.suniva.com.