At Joseph Abboud, New Solar Rooftop Is ‘Tailored’ To Provide Cost-Savings

Menswear fashion designer and manufacturer Joseph Abboud and Beaumont Solar announced the successful completion of a 1.3-MW solar rooftop project at the apparel-maker’s plant, located in New Bedford, Massachusetts, on January 25.

“This unbelievable marriage of old and new is unique to a building built in 1909, a saw-tooth design that has 43 consecutive rows [comprising 4,127 modules] with a 22 degree tilt and facing 180 degrees due south to the sun. Simply put the old building is perfect for solar power,” said Beaumont Solar CEO Phil Cavallo, adding, “Energizing the Joseph Abboud manufacturing facility with solar power is the quintessential bottom line – men’s suits made in America, powered by the sun, and built with local labor.”

The solar array on the 272,000-square-foot roof will produce about 1.7 MWh of electricity annually.

“When you look at our facility, you immediately see a big, tall smokestack across the street,” said Anthony Sapienza, president of Joseph Abboud. “This is how our facility used to get powered – first with coal and then with oil. Now we are almost completely self-sufficient, producing our own clean energy, without emissions, and significantly reducing our energy costs.

“These savings,” Sapienza said, “we can immediately put to use to benefit our company, our people, and ultimately our customers. The value of solar is unbeatable.”

The electricity generated in-house will enable Abboud to directly offset its electric utility load, in addition to receiving Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs) from the state for the next ten years.

“The City of New Bedford is a nationally recognized leader in renewable energy, having installed more solar capacity on a per-capita basis than any other city in the continental United States,” claimed New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell. “Our solar energy projects produce clean, renewable energy, were installed by local workers, and are saving city taxpayers millions of dollars on utility costs.”

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