Rooftop Solar Array to Provide Half of FTL’s Annual Electricity
Post by: Ryan McNulty, July 2022
While Yorkshire may not be famous for bright sunshine, a new rooftop solar array at FTL is the latest to be added to an IDEX facility worldwide. The installation is estimated to provide about half of electricity used at the IDEX Sealing Solutions facility each year.
The 237 solar panels are estimated to generate more than 67,000 kWh in the first year of operation for the facility, which uses about 130,000 kWh hours per year. At times when the panels in Morley are producing more energy than the facility requires, the excess will be sold back to the power grid.
After the five-year payback period for the investment, the solar installation is estimated to save FTL more than £16,000 (~$19,300 USD) per year in energy costs. Over the next 25 years the system is estimated to save the company more than £400,000 (~$483,000 USD).
The solar panel provider also estimates use of the panels will eliminate about 15 metric tons (16.5 U.S. tons) of carbon dioxide (CO2) production each year.
“We are regularly looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint and are delighted to have completed the installation of this new solar panel roof,” FTL Operations Director James Walker said. “From the reduction of our carbon footprint to the energy savings generated, it’s a project that will pay dividends for many years to come.”
Other IDEX facilities to add rooftop solar arrays in the last year include IDEX India and Lukas in Erlangen, Germany.
Earlier this year, the FTL team switched all of its fleet cars to either 100% electric or alternative fuels, and installed eight new vehicle charging stations at its Centre of Excellence.
A leader in rotary and reciprocating sealing solutions, FTL serves customers in the oil and gas, food, pharmaceutical, and other industries.