New Jersey Printing Company Gets Powered by the Sun
Solis Partners Installs Rooftop Solar System for Pictorial Corporation
CARLSTADT, NJ (October 16, 2012) – Solis Partners, a leading commercial solar developer, completed a 757 kilowatt rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) installation for Carlstadt, N.J.-based Pictorial Corporation, one of the nation’s fastest growing graphic communications companies.
Solis Partners designed, engineered and constructed the solar PV system on the roof of Pictorial Corporation’s 197,000-square-foot headquarters facility. The solar array consists of 2,968 panels that will generate approximately 782,000 kWh in the first year or more than 20 percent of Pictorial’s annual electricity usage. Over the life of the system this equates to the reduction of more than 1,189,100 pounds of CO2 emissions – roughly equivalent to the impact of taking 106 cars off the road.
“Pictorial provides a strong example of how to develop and incorporate sustainable practices into a business in order to become more efficient and competitive,” said Jamie Hahn, co-founder and managing director of Solis Partners. “They continually look for ways to improve their business and its effect on the environment, and solar was the perfect next step. In addition to fulfilling the company’s environmental goals, the solar installation will lower operating costs and serve as a hedge against future rate increases.”
Family owned since 1938, Pictorial Corporation is the country’s largest and fastest growing privately owned single-facility commercial printer. Servicing many Fortune 500 corporations, Pictorial Corporation employs over 300 people and has a strong history of environmental initiatives, including recycling, electricity conservation and water usage reduction. Additionally, Pictorial recently upgraded its lighting to an energy-efficient fluorescent lighting system that is also equipped with motion sensors. The company also installed a white reflective cool roof, which will help to keep the building envelope cooler, cutting down on the cost of air conditioning.
“Pictorial Corporation’s commitment to environmental stewardship is one of our principal business objectives,” said Donald Samuels, managing partner. “We have incorporated what are now considered ‘green’ business practices since the 1980’s. As an environmental leader in the printing industry, installing solar was an affirmation of our commitment to sustainable operations that will positively impact our bottom line for years to come.”
The system was financed in part through a solar loan from the local utility, Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G), which will be repaid with Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs). Pictorial completed its solar installation under PSE&G’s second Solar Loan program. The N.J. Board of Public Utilities (BPU), the utility regulator, is currently reviewing a potential third round of the program.
“Helping a business customer like Pictorial Corporation meet their goal of generating onsite renewable energy is a main objective of our Solar Loan program,” said Todd Hranicka, Director-Solar Energy for PSE&G. “We’re happy to add Pictorial Corporation to the ranks of New Jersey businesses that have embraced solar power and we remain committed to helping to finance more successful projects for our business and residential customers.”
Pictorial was the first company in the world to receive dual International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001:2004 and 9001:2008 certifications. ISO is the world’s largest developer of voluntary quality and environmental process standards, which provide specifications for products, services and good practices with the goal of helping to make business more efficient and effective.
The company was also the first to participate in the Sustainable Forest Initiative (SFI) chain-of-custody registry. Pictorial was amongst the first commercial printers to offer Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified printing paper. FSC is a global nonprofit organization that protects forests by helping consumers identify products sourced from responsibly managed forests.
About Solis Partners
Solis Partners is a leading turnkey provider of solar power systems for commercial, industrial, utility and nonprofit clients. Solis specializes in financing, constructing and operating distributed solar power plants that enable clients to meet their long-term energy needs while reducing operating costs and addressing their carbon liabilities. Solis is committed to providing its clients with the most efficient and cost effective path to solar. Solis Partners is headquartered in Manasquan, NJ. For more information, please call (732) 800-0052, or visit www.solispartners.com.
About Pictorial Corp.
Pictorial Corp., a leader in addressing environmental issues affecting commercial printing for over 25 years, is the largest privately-owned, single-facility commercial printer in the United States. Family-owned since 1938, Pictorial is one of the nation’s fastest growing commercial printing companies, serving many of the Fortune 500 corporations. Pictorial Corp. was named “2005 Printer of the Year” by Printing News Magazine. To learn more about Pictorial Corp., please visit www.pictorialoffset.com.
About Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G)
Public Service Electric and Gas Co. (PSE&G) is New Jersey’s oldest and largest regulated gas and electric delivery utility, serving nearly three quarters of the state’s population. PSE&G is the winner of the ReliabilityOne Award for superior electric system reliability. PSE&G is a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PSEG) (NYSE:PEG), a diversified energy company (www.pseg.com).