Along with producing high quality, energy efficient doors, clean energy is now in production at the Designer Doors facility at 702 Troy Street. Owner Kent Forsland put his empty roof space to work by installing an 18 panel solar electric array, rated to produce 3.9 kW of electric energy and 5,200 kWh per year.
This energy is then purchased by WPPI Energy at an increased rate, improving the economics of the project. The “buy-back rate” is a limited participation program designed to stimulate the solar PV market in the community and advance small scale projects for a few early adopters.
The system was designed by Energy Concepts in Hudson and was installed by Steiner Plumping and Electric. The project also took advantage of Focus on Energy incentives and federal tax credits. The Focus on Energy incentive for projects this size is determined by the estimated output of the system and is capped at 25% of project costs, or $35,000. The tax credits are available for systems placed in service between January 1, 2006 and December 31, 2016. The tax credits are for 30% of the cost of the system, with no capped amount.