Cork Manufacturer Installs Solar

North Carolina-based manufacturer Nomacorc has installed a 300 kW solar array at its manufacturing campus in Zebulon, NC.

The array is installed on the roof of Nomacorc, a maker of synthetic wine closures. The solar installation includes 1,260 Suntech panels, producing about 400,000 kWh of electricity per year, which represents 4 percent of Nomacorc’s total energy use. Nomacorc’s solar energy will be collected by the grid and purchased by Duke Energy.

The solar array was developed by Sustainable Industrial Solutions (SIS) of Durham, NC, installed by Baker Renewables of Raleigh, NC, and financed through Marc Noël – founder and Chairman of Nomacorc and Nomaco (under the Noel Group).

“All three of the five Noel Group factories in North America have already started on energy reduction measures and renewable energy projects,” said Jason Massey, CEO of Sustainable Industrial Solutions.

Nomaco, a manufacturer involved with extrusion and molding of synthetic materials, also has made energy efficiency improvements at its 270,000-sq-foot corporate headquarters in Zebuon, NC, including:

  • Redesigned lighting layout and installed energy efficient lighting upgrade, reducing energy use by 10 percent annually.
  • Installed a real time energy monitoring system to better manage energy usage throughout the facility and drive employee engagement.
  • Launched internal waste and energy reduction team.

And at its 
500,000-sq-foot facility in Tarboro, NC, which houses Nomaco Insulation and Nomaco Engineered Foam Solutions, Nomaco has:

  • Installed energy efficient lighting upgrade, reducing energy use by 26 percent annually.
  • Instituted a peak demand response program, which enables operations to shift production schedules in advance of predicted peak energy periods. This program eliminated the need to rent or purchase a high capacity diesel generator that used 13,500 gallons of diesel fuel per year.
  • Installed a real time energy monitoring system.
  • Launched internal waste and energy reduction team.

Nomaco also recently hosted a Manufacturing Makes It Real (MMIR) networking event. These MMIR networking events, held up to six times a year at facilities across North Carolina, bring manufacturers together to share best practices and tour different factories, with a focus on sustainability. Topics at the recent gathering included lessons learned from Nomaco’s energy-saving projects. The MMIR is managed by the Industrial Extension Service at North Carolina State University.

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