Crown Holdings installs 1,300-MW solar array at Spartanburg facility

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Pennsylvania-based Crown Holdings Inc., a leading supplier of packaging products, has installed a solar array that will offset one-third of the annual electrical usage at its manufacturing plant in Spartanburg.

The ground-mounted solar project, which is located at 930 Beaumont Ave., is online and has been generating electricity since October 2017, according to a news release. Annual production is anticipated to be approximately 1,310 megawatt hours/year of energy.

Keystone Power Holdings and its affiliate KPH Construction Services worked alongside Georgia-based Hannah Solar to construct the 924.6-kilowatt DC system with 2,680 PV modules, the release said. Crown is using the solar array via an operating lease.

“From start to finish, Keystone Power Holdings has been a great partner in this initiative,” said Bob Harding, manager of Crown’s Spartanburg facility. “We are glad to be reducing our carbon footprint and to be contributing to Crown’s wider sustainability goals, which include further reducing energy consumption. Offsetting one-third of our annual energy usage in our Spartanburg plant is an important achievement.”

Headquartered in Pennsylvania, Keystone Power Holdings develops solar projects nationwide and is one of only a handful of South Carolina-approved solar leasing companies, according to the release.

KPH Construction Services, a division of Keystone Power Holdings, performed construction management and oversight for the project, with Hannah Solar providing electrical and project management services.

As part of the initiative, Keystone Power Holdings applied for and was granted a Duke Energy Solar Rebate, which helped to lower capital costs and make the project viable for Crown and Keystone. The rebate program, which was launched in 2015, offers a rebate of $1 per watt of installed generating capacity direct current.

“Solar energy continues to gain ground as an alternative energy solution at the local level. We’re pleased to be able to partner with businesses like Crown to help make green their energy purchases while delivering significant energy savings,” said William R. DePhillipo, co-founder of Keystone Power Holdings. “It is also significant that we were able to develop the largest leased solar array in the state of South Carolina.”

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