The largest solar array in the state is breaking ground this week, and you can visit it from 9 am – 2 pm on October 2nd, as part of the National Solar Tour. Visitors may see a portion of the array at the USFloors Headquarters located at: 3580 Corporate Drive, Dalton, Georgia, 30721.
Dalton, GA. – USFloors, a nationwide leader in sustainable flooring, will commence the installation of a 365 kw solar array on its facilities. This array will be the third for USFloors and will bring their total to well over half a Megawatt. This installation will make USFloors the largest producer of solar in the State of Georgia.
USFloors’ President and CEO, Piet Dossche commented, “We continue to expand our commitment to alternative energy with this latest array, which will bring our capacity to more then half a Mega Watt since our first PV investment we made in 2008. As a nation, we are far behind Europe and China in investments and focus to create alternative energy solutions and help reduce our dependency on oil while generating cleaner, more environmentally friendly power.” Dossche continued, “At USFloors, we want to be an example of how a privately-owned company can be a part of this effort and contribute to the solution of cleaner power, generated in our country, with the resources we have available in abundance , GEORGIA SUN!”
By producing solar power on site, USFloors is able to take advantage of excellent Government and Utility benefits; a 30% Federal Grant, a 35% State Rebate and accelerated depreciation. North Georgia EMC pays USFloors a premium for the solar power that it generates. This investment in clean energy hedges against dramatic energy cost increases, and carries solid financial benefits.
The system will be installed by Alpharetta based United Renewable Energy, LLC. William Silva, President of United Renewable Energy LLC added that “USFloors continues to show leadership in sustainable manufacturing practices and job growth. This solar array is impressive in its size alone, but more importantly because this is the largest array in the entire state of Georgia.”
Installing this solar array adds to one of the many sustainable practices of USFloors, a company actively working towards a solar powered future for Whitfield County. Brian Anderson, President of the Dalton/Whitfield Chamber of Commerce, noted, “We are impressed and proud to have a progressive company like USFloors in our community. It just goes to show how sustainable energy, like sustainable cork and bamboo floors, can create jobs for Dalton and Whitfield Co.”
Dossche added, “It’s not only an investment in our energy future, but an investment in our community. We are installing the system using local labor and putting people to work in Whitfield County. With the millions of square feet of “flooring” roof tops available in and around Whitfield County, we have the perfect opportunity to become the leading community in Solar Energy and an example for the rest of the country!”
About USFloors- USFloors’ is an importer and manufacturer of bamboo , cork and other unique flooring products and committed to sourcing and utilizing sustainable resources for its flooring products and specifying raw materials and processes that meet stringent U.S. and European environmental standards. USFloors NEVER sources from clear cut or non-managed plantations and continually strives to actively reduce its environmental and energy footprint, creating better indoor air quality and promoting Green Building through renewable energy and LEED initiatives.
About United Renewable Energy, LLC – Alpharetta, Georgia based United Renewable Energy, LLC (URE) delivers practical, economical, renewable energy solutions to businesses and homes throughout the East Coast. URE is the leading integrator of commercial photovoltaic solar electric power systems in the state of Georgia, and one of the fastest growing renewable energy companies in the country. URE’s president is a NABCEP Certified PV installer, and as Adjunct Coordinator of Solar Programs at Lanier Technical College, shares best practices with aspiring solar installers. URE is committed to promoting quality solar installations, to educating the public and promoting supportive legislation for renewable energy .
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