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New York State Bill A.5317 was signed into law by Governor Cuomo on December 14, 2015.

A long-time leader in the development of systems and equipment for the recycling of plastics, Herbold USA is taking steps to make its Rhode Island headquarters more environmentally friendly.

In the fall of 2015 the company purchased a rooftop solar energy system to provide electrical power to its 10,000 sq.ft. facility located in North Smithfield. The system, which consists of 80 panels, takes up about 20 percent of Herbold’s available roof space and is capable of producing 28,000 KW of clean, reliable, renewable energy.

The decision to go solar satisfies two important company objectives: Reducing energy costs and supporting environmental stewardship issues.

“We’ve been interested in solar for purely environmental reasons since we built this facility in 2013,” said Herbold president David Lefrancois. “As we looked more closely at the systems available today, we realized that the savings, in terms of energy cost, were dramatic. When we combined the cost reductions with the environmental impacts, going solar was a no brainer.”

Herbold management worked closely with RGS Energy to configure and install the new system. Unlike solar leasing or solar service plans, Herbold owned the system from the day it was activated. Herbold’s electric bill will drop to zero. “Based on available State rebates and Federal tax credits, we felt that purchasing everything up front made the most sense for our business,” commented Lefrancois. “Our estimates show the system will be fully paid for with energy savings in under three years.”

Unlike some states, in Rhode Island, there is no provision to sell excess power back to the utility. However, on days when Herbold is generating more power than it is using, its electric meter will literally spin backwards and the utility will “bank” energy credits that the company can use on cloudy days or when they are unable to generate sufficient power for their needs.

Published in the February 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

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Roeslein Alternative Energy disclosed that the turnkey facility to create and inject large quantities of Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) into the national grid system, created from one of the largest concentrations of finishing hogs in the Midwest, will be operational by mid-2016.

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