NC Solar Now installs 60-panel solar array at the Bee Care Center
Raleigh, N.C.: NC Solar Now has installed a 60-panel, ground-mounted solar system for the Bayer CropScience North American Bee Care Center to offset power at its facility on the Research Triangle Park campus in North Carolina. The solar array will also be accessible to the public in an effort to educate on the benefits of solar power. The 260-watt panels are manufactured by American company Suniva.
On an annual basis, the 15.6 kW system will produce 22.8 MWh of power. That’s the equivalent of planting 40 acres of forest or taking 41 cars off the road each year, off-setting 205.2 tons of CO2. Peter Erri, Bayer CropScience manager of Site Services RTP says, “We decided to add the solar array as it fits perfectly with Bayer’s commitment to sustainability.”
A Bayer CropScience Kansas City production facility has solar panels, including a monitoring panel which indicates the amount of energy produced. “This has been extremely well received by our staff and we wanted to provide a similar experience to our RTP facility. We are a science-based company, and we are, therefore, always interested in facts and data,” says Erri.
Erri told NC Solar Now, “Our mission is ‘Science for a Better Life’ and generating electricity on-site is an example of applying technology to provide a tangible benefit.”
The Bayer Bee Care Center is designed to serve as a focal point for existing and future bee health initiatives. Bayer CropScience is actively collaborating with farmers, researchers and graduate students from universities, such as North Carolina State University to conduct research that will improve bee health.
About NC Solar Now:
NC Solar Now is North Carolina’s leading solar power installer. It is an independently owned energy conservation company located in Raleigh, NC. It works to install residential and commercial Solar Electric (PV), Solar Hot Water, and Solar Pool Heating Systems; and energy efficiency solutions across North Carolina. NC Solar Now is committed to providing high quality, affordable solar energy, and energy efficiency solutions to homes and businesses across North Carolina. It is dedicated to providing renewable, non-polluting energy options for consumers while educating them on how to save money in the process. NC Solar Now envisions energy independence for everyone and is committed to delivering outstanding service to its customers. For more information visit www.NCSolarNow.com
About Bayer CropScience:
Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of healthcare, agriculture and high-tech materials. Bayer CropScience, the subgroup of Bayer AG responsible for the agricultural business, has annual sales of EUR 8,819 million (2013) and is one of the world’s leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of seeds, crop protection, and non-agricultural pest control. The company offers an outstanding range of products including high-value seeds, innovative crop protection solutions based on chemical and biological modes of action as well as an extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture. In the area of non-agricultural applications, Bayer CropScience has a broad portfolio of products and services to control pests from home and garden to forestry applications. The company has a global workforce of 22,400 and is represented in more than 120 countries.