Plastic Package utilizes solar power
Plastic Package Inc., a Sacramento, California manufacturing
company, is now forming plastic using solar power as
an energy source that fits well with their sustainable
Already a manufacturer of 100 percent post consumer recycled
plastic containers, Plastic Package, Inc. has committed
to using power from the sun in its manufacturing processes.
“The plastics business is not normally thought of as
a green business,” said Jim Kaye, Plastic Package Inc.’s
chairman, “but we are making major strides in that direction
by using recycled soda bottles as well as bio-based materials
in our products. Now that we’ve added solar, we want
to let the community and our clients know, so they can
feel comfortable that when they use our packaging, they
are part of the sustainable process.”
The company is using the latest technology and products
to produce plastic products that are both recyclable,
non-petroleum based (instead using corn-based components)
The company selected an innovative solution by installing
the largest cylindrical thin film solar system west of
New Jersey. This technology produced by Solyndra, a Bay
Area company recently funded by a $535 million loan guarantee
from the Department of Energy, was designed, engineered
and installed by Premier Power Renewable Energy of El
Dorado Hills – all within 10 weeks from signing the contract
and just seven weeks for the installation. The installation
was completed one week before the scheduled time.
The new 208 kW system installed on the roof will initially
handle all of Plastic Package’s peak demand and assist
its local power provider, Sacramento Municipal Utility
District in reducing its summer peak loads during the
hottest part of the day.
With solar, the production peaks simultaneously with
energy demand. As the sun heats up into midday, power
demand increases. With the sun higher in the sky the
output from the rooftop solar system is increased. With
the addition of a white membrane roof, the unique cylindrical
solar panels boosts production even further.
The new cylindrical modules capture sunlight over a 360
degree photovoltaic surface.