SAHLEN’S SPORTS PARK INVESTS TO INSTALL SOLAR ROOF ARRAY
Montante Solar to install 1,350 solar roof panels
Elma, NY – Sahlen’s Sports Park is investing to install a solar roof array, including the lighting at its new outdoor turf sports complex that is currently under construction at 6831 Seneca Street in the town of Elma.
Montante Solar in Tonawanda, NY was selected to install the approximately 1,350 solar roof panels that will produce approximately 490,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) annually. The system will support 100% of Sahlen’s Sports Park’s energy usage.
According to Montante Solar, the project will produce approximately 11.5 million kWh and eliminate 17 million lbs. of carbon from entering the atmosphere over the course of its lifetime, which is approximately 25 – 35 years.
“The children and youth in our community expect that businesses will start taking measures to address climate change and this investment by our family reflects our commitment to them,” said Alex Sahlen president of Sahlen’s Sports Park. “It is especially important that Sahlen’s Sports Park takes a leadership role on this issue because children and youth use our facilities every day.”
“Sahlen’s is a highly recognizable and valued brand in the Buffalo Niagara region and we are delighted to be partnering with them on this project,” said Katie Soscia, Montante Solar’s business development manager. “While there is certainly a long-term financial value in switching to solar energy, the Sahlen family is sending a message to the community about its social and environmental values.”
Solar arrays use the sun’s energy to generate electrons inside the panel, which then creates Direct Current (DC) electricity. This electricity then passes through an inverter and is changed into Alternate Current (AC) electricity, which is used in our modern grid system.
In this instance, Sahlen’s Sports Park has adopted the Value of Distributed Energy Resources (VDER) Method – a flexible and affordable way for businesses to better predict their energy cost and buy down service and demand charges. For more information on New York’s VDER or Stack Value mechanism, CLICK HERE.