Since 1889, Ameripride Services provides linen, uniforms, floor mats, and cleaning products to 150,000 customers every week from 115 production facilities and service centers in North America. As part of a broader sustainability commitment, solar energy complements Ameripride’s investments in alternative fuel vehicles, heat reclamation systems, equipment upgrades, and water conservation and treatment to conserve energy. Based in Minnesota, Ameripride engaged HOLT Renewables to install a rooftop solar energy system at its Odessa, TX processing plant. The proposed design solution involved a complicated interconnection that needed to be compatible with ongoing business operations at the facility.
The rooftop solar system is composed of Hanwha Q Cells 335 Watt panels and Fronius inverters to provide approximately 15% of AmeriPride's energy use at its Odessa site. To offset costs, HOLT Renewables guided AmeriPride through Oncor’s cash rebate program, providing $0.85 per watt towards the cost of the solar energy system. Federal tax credits further reduce expenditure and improve ROI on the project.