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Nice-Pak, PDI headquarters, plant go solar
April 22nd, 2014
ORANGEBURG, N.Y. – Nice-Pak Products Inc. and sister company Professional Disposables International Inc., one of the world's leading makers of premoistened wipes, completed the installation of a solar array atop the roof of its headquarters and manufacturing plant.
Nice-Pak said Monday that the 855-kilowatt array, the largest of its kind in New York's Rockland County and among the state's 10 largest rooftop solar systems, received funding via the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) under Gov. Andrew Cuomo's NY-Sun Initiative.
According to Nice-Pak and PDI, the array installation reflects the companies' efforts to support sustainable business practices that help meet their goals for energy use and emissions. The ballasted roof-mounted photovoltaic system is expected to generate approximately 1 million kilowatt-hours of energy per year and supply 15% of the building's total electricity load.
About 21% of all solar installed in Rockland County is now being generated at Nice-Pak and PDI's shared facility, the companies noted. The renewable power source will reduce their environmental footprint by up to 1.5 million pounds of carbon dioxide per year.
"We are grateful for Gov. Cuomo's NY-Sun Initiative, NYSERDA and other partners who are helping us meet the growing demand for wet wipe solutions through business practices that respect the environment," stated Robert Julius, chairman and chief executive officer of Nice-Pak.
Zachary Julius, CEO of PDI, added, "At PDI, we embrace the opportunity to improve outcomes for patients in health care and protect our surrounding communities at the same time. We believe in continually finding ways to work smarter, better and more efficiently to be the difference for those who rely on us."
Nice-Pak and PDI will receive an incentive for the solar energy project through the Federal Business Energy Investment Tax Credit (ITC).
In addition to the solar array, Nice-Pak and PDI sustainability initiatives include zero landfill factories, high-efficiency lighting, products made with plant-based fibers, minimization of packaging material, warehouse consolidation, and consumer education about what wipe products can and can't be flushed.