Saint-Gobain, and its building products subsidiary CertainTeed, today announced the company has finalized a lease agreement for the installation of solar projects at two of its manufacturing sites in Berlin and Wayne, New Jersey, supporting the sustainability efforts of the state’s electrical grid.
The projects come only weeks after the company announced its new global Grow and Impact strategy, which includes advancing environmental sustainability efforts in the communities where the company does business.
In Berlin, a 312 kilowatt direct current (kWDC) solar project will be installed on the grounds of CertainTeed’s Insulation distribution center. In Wayne, a 614 kWDC solar project will be installed on the roofs of the company’s buildings, where Saint-Gobain High Performance Solutions manufactures plastic products.
“The new solar projects at our sites in Berlin and Wayne will reduce our company’s energy costs at these locations, help the State of New Jersey strive towards its ambitious clean energy goals, and support the broader transition to renewable, zero-carbon sources of power,” said Mark Rayfield, CEO of Saint-Gobain North America and CertainTeed. “We’re proud to do our part to support the New Jersey electricity grid’s transition towards a more sustainable future.”
Construction on both solar projects is expected to begin by the summer of next year and be complete by the end of 2022. The systems will be owned and operated by DSD Renewables.
The new solar projects in Berlin and Wayne follow several major investments in environmental sustainability made this year by CertainTeed:
- In January, the company’s 12-year power purchase agreement for 120 megawatts of renewable energy from a wind farm in McLean County, Illinois went online.
- In August, the company launched “Sustaining Futures, Raising Communities,” a program that will bring more sustainable construction to neighborhoods across North America.
- In September, the company announced its intent to build a new gypsum logistics facility that will be integrated into the remediation of a vacant Superfund site along the St. Johns River.
- In October, the company installed recycling technology at its insulation plant in Kansas City, Kansas, that will reduce its water consumption by 227 million gallons per year.
Through the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building products, CertainTeed, headquartered in Malvern, Pennsylvania, has helped shape the building products industry for more than 115 years. Founded in 1904 as General Roofing Manufacturing Company, the firm’s slogan “Quality Made Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed,” inspired the name CertainTeed. Today, CertainTeed is a leading North American brand of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, solar, fence, railing, trim, insulation, drywall and ceilings. www.certainteed.com.
Saint-Gobain designs, manufactures and distributes materials and solutions for the construction, mobility, healthcare and other industrial application markets. Developed through a continuous innovation process, they can be found everywhere in our living places and daily life, providing wellbeing, performance and safety, while addressing the challenges of sustainable construction, resource efficiency and the fight against climate change.
This strategy of responsible growth is guided by the Saint-Gobain purpose, “MAKING THE WORLD A BETTER HOME,” which responds to the shared ambition of all the women and men in the Group to act every day to make the world a more beautiful and sustainable place to live in.
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