Darmstadt Overhead Doors solar site

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Darmstadt Overhead Doors solar site

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Darmstadt Overhead Doors located in Kingston, New York has been a family-owned and operated business since 1974. In addition to the sales, service and installation of overhead doors for residential, commercial, and industrial clients, the company also sells hollow-metal doors, architectural hardware, rolling steel doors and grills, and loading dock equipment. (845) 331-0191

Ken Darmstadt, president of Darmstadt Overhead Doors was always interested in making his business self-sufficient. He also wanted to do his share to reduce both emissions and environmental impact. Darmstadt first learned about the benefits of solar-electric power through a trade magazine, but the price of installing a photovoltaic system was prohibitive. Then, John Wright and Jeff Irish of Hudson Valley Clean Energy told Darmstadt about financial incentives available through NYSERDA.

The Darmstadt Overhead Doors PV system covers just over 900 square feet of southwest-facing roof surface and is comprised of 90 photovoltaic panels, 165 watts each. The DC (direct current) power produced by the solar panels is converted into AC (alternating current) for use by Darmstadt. The total AC power is estimated at 14.4kW. The total installed system costs are approximately $117,900 and the NYSERDA incentive is $74,000.

The estimated annual output of the Darmstadt Overhead Doors system is 15,000 kilowatt hours. This system should reduce the amount of energy purchased
by about 85%. Emissions of CO2 will be reduced by 16,380 pounds annually.

Hudson Valley Clean Energy, Inc.: www.hvce.com


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