Firm’s $1.5M solar-panel venture nears completion in Palmer Township


A manufacturer of picture frames and moldings in Palmer Township has invested US $ 1.5 million to power its plant with the energy of the sun.

The installation of the giant solar panel array at MCS Industries at 2280 Newlins Mill Road is almost complete, according to an MCS engineering director Dallas Kohler. He said it should be operational by May 14th.

According to a press release, the solar system mounted on the roof will generate 1.1 megawatts of electricity per year. This avoids the emission of 828 tons of carbon dioxide per year, which corresponds to the corresponding pollution from 167 cars per year.

“At MCS, sustainable corporate citizenship permeates everything we do,” said Josh MacNeel, president of MCS Industries.

According to a press release, MCS Industries, Inc. is the market leader in picture frames, poster frames, mirrors, wall decorations, and architectural and decorative moldings for homes.

The solar panels will supply the 500,000 square meter facility with remaining energy to return to the local power grid.

The panels will pay for themselves in seven years from energy cost savings, Kohler said.

MCS has already switched from incandescent lamps to LED lights, which saves 300 kilowatt hours per year. That corresponds to an annual drive of 46 cars.

The company recycles over 10 million pounds of Styrofoam waste annually by turning it into its products.

MCS thanked Dynamic Energy, the state, Palmer Township, and the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation for their help with the solar panel project.

MCS Industries provides funding and resources to more than 40 different charities, including the Easton Boys and Girls Club, Easton Neighborhood Center, Easton Children’s Home, Second Harvest Food Bank, Lehigh Valley Community Action Committee, and Third Street Alliance for Women and Children and Safe Harbor Shelter.

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