Owens Corning Goes Solar in NY
Owens Corning, the newest BICEP member and the world’s largest fiberglass manufacturer for energy efficient building products, has just flipped the switch on a new 2.7-megawatt solar project at their New York manufacturing facility.
The project marks the largest solar project to date under the NY-Sun Initiative launched last year by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). The solar project will save approximately 2,339 metric tons of carbon dioxide, or the equivalent emissions from 487 passenger vehicles annually. The solar panels were financed through a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Constellation Energy. This type of third-party financing removes the up-front cost to consumers while guaranteeing fixed power prices that are less than projected market rates. Similar policies have been passed in only 23 states, including New York.
Frank O'Brien-Bernini, vice president and chief sustainability officer for Owens Corning, said, "Owens Corning is committed to helping solve the world's most pressing energy and climate challenges, and we are constantly seeking solutions that will materially contribute. This solar project represents our continuing efforts to implement programs that advance our 2020 Environmental Footprint Goals, and we are proud to be part of a project that helps protect New York State's environment."