Barrette Out of doors Residing provides over 2 MW of solar energy at Florida facility


Barrette Outdoor Living solar system on the roof

Barrette Outdoor Living has completed the installation of a solar array on the roof of its 200,000 square foot aluminum fence and railing manufacturing facility in Brooksville, Florida, making it the largest private solar project in Florida at the time of the contract. The 2.35 megawatt DC system was designed and installed by Advanced Green Technologies of Fort Lauderdale, FL. The array consists of 27 inverters and 6,354 solar modules and can generate more than 2,352,489 watts of direct current, which offsets about 81 percent of the system’s power consumption.

This rooftop arrangement is an important step in not only reducing operating costs, but also minimizing Barrette Outdoor Living’s carbon footprint in the community. The energy generated by the solar system will produce around 3.465 gigawatt hours of energy annually with a CO2 offset of 2,450 tons. This is equivalent to driving 6,079,140 miles in a passenger car, charging 312,440,375 smartphones, or planting 40,510 trees.

The project is the result of the company’s solar interconnection agreement with Duke Energy Florida and is the second Barrette Outdoor Living facility to be converted to solar power. In April 2019, the company completed the installation of a 2.14 megawatt DC rooftop system at its 400,000 square foot facility in Galloway, NJ.

“We pride ourselves on our commitment to developing sustainable and environmentally conscious practices to help green our supply chain and reduce our carbon footprint,” said Jean desAutels, President of Barrette Outdoor Living. The company will continue to grow its sustainable profits by working to implement solar module programs in some of its other facilities over the next several years.

In addition to its green building initiatives, Barrette Outdoor Living owns and operates GreenWays, a pre- and post-use recycling program for rigid PVC with facilities in Fredericksburg, VA and Plant City, FL. GreenWays works with individual suppliers to make the disposal of their old materials environmentally friendly. The results of the program will help lower CO2 emissions, lower greenhouse gases and reduce waste in landfills in local communities.

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