Building the Solar PV array - Fall 2013
The Leonard family is proud and excited to invest in the latest and most environmentally conscious upgrade to its facility. Solar installations last for over 25 years. Under the direction of Pfister Energy of Baltimore and in partnership with Cole Roofing, the 42,000 sq. ft. solar array installation was completed this Fall. Cole Roofing is a Baltimore area company in its 4th generation of family leadership. Founded in 1919, Cole/Pfister employs more than 150 people locally and has delighted commercial roofing customers for over 90 years. Together, Leonard Paper and Cole/Pfister have been creating employment opportunities for Baltimore area families for more than 160 years combined and together currently provide over 300 jobs. The impetus for the project was the need for a new warehouse roof. Diligent research ensued and Leonard Paper management determined that incorporating a Pfister Energy solar array would deliver sound financial and environment benefits. And with Pfister’s turn-key approach, Leonard Paper can expect project payback in under four years. The facility’s roof holds over 1,700 solar panels generating clean, sustainable energy for an anticipated 30 years. Power generated by the system that exceeds the facility’s usage will go to the electrical grid for distribution to other power customers. The investment also provides Leonard Paper with a hedge against volatile electrical rates, predicted to increase regularly in the coming years.