GE has announced that it will supply President Container Group (PCG), a manufacturer of corrugated shipping containers and point-of-purchase displays, with a new 2 MW ground-mounted solar installation outside its factory in Middletown, New York, US.

As part of the agreement, GE is providing the equipment, site engineering, construction and installation, commissioning, spare parts, and operations and maintenance support for seven years.

Commercial operation is expected to begin in the autumn of 2015.

The solar installation is expected to provide approximately 25% of PCG’s future energy needs and will become the first industrial scale solar project in Orange County. It is fully qualified under NYSERDA’s NY-Sun Incentive Program.

‘Our company is growing, and our electricity costs were rising by about 5% a year as we expanded, working with GE, we saw an opportunity to take control of our energy future in a way that was both economic and sustainable,’ explained Larry Grossbard, general manager of President Container Group.  

Erik Schiemann, general manager of GE’s solar product line, noted: ‘By acting as both a developer and equipment solution provider, we’re making it easier for commercial and industrial companies like President Container to invest in solar power.’