Fujifilm enhances corporate sustainability commitment, while realizing cost savings with PV Solar Energy panels.

Source: Conergy

FUJIFILM North America Corporation selected Conergy’s premium solar panel, PowerPlus, to install on its Hawaii branch office. The installation was completed by local clean-energy integrator, 21st Century Technologies this spring. With 1,455 PowerPlus modules, the solar installation will produce 483,391 kWh annually, which is equivalent to reducing CO2emissions by 1.11 million lbs per year or powering 66 households per year. It will be the first Conergy PowerPlus plant installed in North America, and will be one of the top ten largest systems in Oahu, Hawaii.

In an effort to bring down costs while keeping its corporate commitment to sustainability, Fujifilm chose to install Conergy’s premium module, PowerPlus, on its Hawaiian branch office. With this installation, Fujifilm will realize a substantial cost savings on its current energy usage. In addition, the company will be able to take advantage of the utilities net energy metering program, which will provide ongoing benefits. Globally, Fujifilm has a Greenhouse gas target set at 30% reduction in CO2 emissions by Fiscal Year 2020, as compared to 2005.

“This project began in response to a corporate mission of energy conservation and Greenhouse gas reduction, but it also will help us realize significantly reduced energy costs. The combination of Conergy PowerPlus modules, along with 21st Century’s unique proposal, will make us virtually energy independent,” said Ray Hosoda, President and CEO, FUJIFILM North America Corporation.  “With the urgency and concern about saving the environment and resources, this project is especially important to Fujifilm as we do our part in helping to preserve the lush, beautiful surroundings in which we work and live.”

The FUJIFILM installation is the first project under Conergy and 21st Century Technologies new strategic partnership. “Hawaii is a world leader in alternative energy solutions, especially solar,” stated Myron Thompson, CEO of 21st Century Technologies. “We chose the Conergy PowerPlus module because of its unique engineering and durability profile. We needed something really tough to stand up to Hawaii’s powerful winds and salt air. The Conergy PowerPlus panel fit the bill exactly. It has one of the best warranties on the market, and that was critical. We’re really excited about our new partnership with Conergy and the opportunities ahead.”

Carl Campagna, Conergy’s Regional Account Manager in Hawaii and Oahu resident, stated, “Since Hawaii is leading the country in solar energy with the goal of reaching 70% of its energy needs through clean energy sources by 2030, Conergy is excited about our mutually-beneficial relationship with 21st Century Technologies. We are looking forward to experiencing future growth on the island. I believe that this installation of our premium module, Conergy PowerPlus, at Fujifilm’s branch on Oahu will be a cornerstone for many more quality projects throughout the islands. We are proud that an innovative company, like Fujifilm, chose PowerPlus as its module.”

With over 1.7 million PowerPlus modules installed around the world, Conergy recently launched the premium module in North America. With high lifetime yield and durability, the PowerPlus can withstand 9-16 feet of heavy snow load or 205 mile per hour winds and a direct hit by a 2 inch hail ball traveling at 80 mph.  The PowerPlus module is manufactured in the company’s fully-automated, vertically-integrated manufacturing plant in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany. Since the module is manufactured from start to finish under one roof, the components are developed to optimize the end product versus optimizing individual parts – which can compromise the reliability and lifetime yield of the module.