MBC has purchased a 6 acre photovolatic solar farm in Georgia. The solar farm is operated on leased land from the Bartown County Schools and is currently 100 percent operational. The system is designed to make use of excess school district land and generate green energy for the local electrical grid. MBC took over operation of the system in the Fall of 2016.
MBC has just finished replacing its solar plant on top of the Department of Environmental Protection office in Ebensburg, PA. The original system was designed in the late 1990s and was reaching the end of its lifespan when MBC sought to completely modernize the system to promote efficiency while utilizing the latest solar technology available.
This luxury oceanfront condominium development is located in Waimea, also known as Kamuela, on the Big Island. The 70kw solar array is the company’s fifth investment to date in solar power generation.
Hawaii is notable for its efficient solar production. A solar panel here will generate at least 50 percent more electricity than a similar panel in Pennsylvania. Since electric power is over three times more expensive in Hawaii than in Pennsylvania, solar investment in Hawaii is a terrific deal.
MBC currently owns and operates 1,380kw of solar power generation capacity, enough to supply electricity to approximately 175 homes.
This reduction is equivalent to:
- 509 tons of carbon dioxide. Or,
- Annual greenhouse gas emissions of 97.3 vechicles. Or,
- CO2 emissions of 42.2 homes’ energy use per year. Or,
- Carbon sequestered by 379 acres of forest per year.
Headquartered in Manheim, Pennsylvania, this third generation family owned and operated company is nestled in scenic Lancaster County, home of the most productive non-irrigated farmland in the country.
This MBC-developed solar system was our third solar power generating installation. The roof-mounted solar array produces 930 kilowatts of electric power — sufficient to supply lighting and heating to approximately 100 homes.
Savings for the farm are expected to approximate 30 percent of historical energy costs.
The system is capable of providing about 50 percent of the facility’s power requirements.
At the time, it was approximately the tenth Gold LEED rated building in the nation. Today approximately 4,500 buildings have been constructed with a Gold LEED rating, positioning this building as a very early pioneer and significantly ahead of its time.
Fortunately it was built with day-lighting techniques that help heat and light the building using the sun. This also means that the building has a perfect southern exposure for solar panels.
In December, 2011, we installed and turned on the power of a 100KW roof-mounted solar system.
The system is projected to produce energy sufficient to supply about two-thirds of the building’s total power consumption.
As of this writing the largest solar array in Schuylkill County, comprising 14 arrays on a 0.75-acre plot, the solar power system was placed into service in September 2010.
The system is capable of lighting the entire building. When power produced exceeds power required the electric meter actually runs backwards.
The Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs) made available by the installation were purchased by Dayton Power & Light, a publicly-owned electric power utility.