Now Foods harnesses sun's power

Now Foods' solar panel gridNow Foods, the US dietary-supplements supplier, has installed a solar-panel grid system at its factory in Bloomingdale, Illinois, in a move that will eliminate thousands of pounds of carbon dioxide every year.

Strategically located atop the northwest corner of Now's 250,000sq ft manufacturing facility, the 7,095W solar-energy system is made up of 33 individual 215W solar modules, along with one power inverter. A solar grid of this magnitude can generate 10,358KWh of electricity per year, on average.

Over the course of a year, the new system will eliminate 12,366lb of carbon dioxide — equivalent to planting an acre of trees or not driving a car for 15,600 miles.

Dan Mirjanic, Now's engineering manager, said, "The solar grid has been positioned in a manner that allows for the greatest efficiency possible, and in a manner that allows future expansion."

Companies installing solar technology received a boost recently when the US House of Representatives voted to extend for a further eight years the Solar Investment Tax Credit, which permits 30 per cent of the cost of solar equipment and its installation to be deducted from a company's tax liability.

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 2009 paves the way for companies to apply for a grant to cover 30 per cent of the cost of solar equipment and installation instead of benefiting from the tax credit.

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