Lowe Hardware Goes Solar

The new solar panels on our roof. After a long winter, its nice to finally see some sun here in Maine.
Some panels were also installed on the front of our building, and double as a canopy over the entrance.
Inverter Boxes outside the building convert the output of the solar panels into a utility frequency alternating current (AC) that can be used to power our building or feed into a commercial electrical grid.

With sustainability in mind, we recently installed a large array of solar panels on the roof of our newly expanded manufacturing facility and showroom in Rockland, Maine.  These panels supply all the electricity to the showroom and offices, with any excess generated going towards an electricity credit for the plant itself.  With all of the CNC machines and other equipment that we run on a daily basis, we like that some of the power needed to run things is now available from the sun.  Lowe Hardware received a partial energy efficiency improvement grant from the USDA’s REAP program (Rural Energy for America Program), which helped to offset the costs associated with this solar project.