Solar Innovations Moves into Green Facility

July 20, 2009
Companies

Solar Innovations Inc., a manufacturer of residential and commercial conservatories; sunrooms; skylights; folding, tilting, and sliding glass doors, walls, windows, and screens; has moved into a new green facility in Pine Grove, Pa., company officials report.

The new 206,000-square-foot building is located 15 minutes north of the company’s previous location in Myerstown, Pa.

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards were carefully evaluated when researching, designing, and building over the past two years, executives note. Upon initial review, the new facility should earn Gold Level LEED Certification; however, Solar Innovations hopes to achieve Platinum Level Certification in the upcoming months.


Solar Innovations incorporated its own structures into its new manufacturing facility.

The manufacturer incorporated the following LEED objectives into its new home: preferred parking for energy-efficient and carpool vehicles, bike racks, refurbished furniture, a roof prepared for photovoltaic panels, a windmill to generate energy, a cistern to collect rain water, CFL light bulbs, building orientation that allows viewing of the natural environment, a complete recycling program, and bio-retention basins to filter and treat storm water run-off.

In addition, Solar made such environmentally-friendly building selections as low VOC paint, replaceable carpet and ceramic tile squares, the incorporation of its own structures, motion censored lights, low-flow porcelain fixtures, recycled content paper products, green cleaning products, and a compost pile.

Designed to position Solar Innovations to continue its growth as a manufacturer of aluminum and glass structures and fenestration products, the new facility also affords numerous efficiency, production, and customer satisfaction opportunities as well, the company points out. The shop layout has taken job and process flow into account. The warehouse and packing stations have been appropriately located. A research and development and testing facility has been incorporated into the facility to ensure quicker release of new products.

With the move, the company’s new contact information is Solar Innovations, 31 Roberts Rd., Pine Grove, PA, 17963  (Phone: 800/618-0669, Web site: www.solarinnovations.com).