Chemical company donates decommissioned 305-kW solar array to nonprofits
Croda International has donated 1,000 SunPower solar panels to three nonprofit organizations for low-income home use and crop generation.
Croda moved its North American headquarters and Innovation Center from Edison to Plainsboro in January 2020. The Edison facility was equipped with solar panels, which could not be used at the new Plainsboro site; that is why Croda has entered into a partnership with solar decom to donate the panels to three non-profit organizations.
Croda’s former facility in Edison was equipped with solar panels that could not be used at the new headquarters in Plainsboro. So Croda teamed up with Decom Solar to donate the panels to three non-profit organizations.
“When we realized that the solar panels could not be used at our new location, it was essential to find organizations that could benefit from the panels in the long term,” said David Shannon, president of consumer care at Croda.
Decom Solar offers dismantling and repurposing services for end-of-life solar panels. Decom Solar works with non-profit organizations and recycling partners and determines relocation solutions for each customer.
With the help of Decom Solar, Croda donated 1,000 305-W SunPower modules for a total of 305 kW of power and 1 Satcon Power Gate Plus 375 kW central inverter. These modules are estimated to still produce up to 335,843 kWh per year.
The three organizations that received the solar panels are:
- Located in Jackson, Mississippi, the Jackson Resource Center raises funds and awareness for the local homeless population. The Jackson Resource Center currently stores all remaining modules before distributing them.
- Founded by the Farmers Security Administration in 1942, the Mileston Cooperative Association is based in Holmes County, Missouri. Mileston has a large-scale vegetable farm that serves the community. The cooperative is currently working on using the donated modules to power a hydroponic system.
- Kinead Housing Foundation is a Jackson, Mississippi, non-profit housing group that supports and develops affordable, low-income multi-family housing. Kinead is currently allocating panels for these homes.
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