Radio Flyer’s Chicago headquarters now powered by 606 kW of rooftop solar

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Radio Flyer, a leading manufacturer of children’s wagons, is on track to make their manufacturing and materials 100% carbon-free. The company wanted to expand its sustainability portfolio and have a greater impact on the surrounding community while reducing their electricity bills through cost-effective rooftop solar.

Sunvest proposed a fully integrated solution comprising four separate rooftop arrays using SolarEdge’s three-phase inverters with Synergy technology and P860 Power Optimizers. The system was chosen for its design flexibility and ability to produce more clean energy over the life of the system compared to a traditional string inverter solution, while reducing costly grid dependency.

“SolarEdge was the obvious choice because of its design flexibility – longer strings mean we can add more modules at a lower cost and stay within our margins. In addition, their patented Power Optimizers give us the unique ability to reduce shading issues by controlling for Finally, and most importantly, SolarEdge’s focus on system protection with advanced fire safety features made it easy to meet Chicago’s strict safety guidelines and the latest NEC 2017/2020 requirements,” said Joe Gordon, Sr. Project Developer at Sunvest.

The SolarEdge system is expected to offset more than half of the electricity used by Radio Flyer’s headquarters, saving the toy giant about $50,000 annually in energy bills. As a result, more funds will be spent on personnel programs and production line expansion. Radio Flyer management sees this as a strategic investment in the future of the company and hopes to inspire every employee to live and work in an environmentally responsible way, while also setting an example for other companies.

“Our mission is to bring smiles to children of all ages and create warm memories that will last a lifetime. We do this through our innovative products, but also by acting sustainably to improve our world. Partnering with Sunvest and SolarEdge has brought us one step closer to achieving our mission,” said Eric Selner, VP Operations & Sustainability at Radio Flyer.

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