Hull teamed with Pilkington North America, a glass manufacturer, to develop and install a 250 kW ground-mounted solar photovoltaic energy facility on a brownfield site at the company’s former East Toledo float plant.
This solar energy facility is the largest private-sector, behind-the-meter renewable energy project in Ohio.
A closed settling basin on site had a history of high wastewater generation. Hull installed a combination of geosynthetic liner and solar panels as an innovative way to reduce rainwater infiltration, consequently reducing wastewater generation. The electricity generated by the solar panels is used to power a plant located next to the former settling basin.
To assist with the capital cost of the solar array, Hull obtained a state solar energy grant funded by the federal economic stimulus program. Hull owns and operates the array, and has negotiated a power purchase agreement with the local electric utility company. The solar energy facility supplies approximately 12 percent of the Northwood facility’s power requirements and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
Hull’s creative approach extracted value from a formerly idle industrial property while minimizing its environmental impact.
Mark Bonifas, PE, LEED AP