Kirk-Rudy, a paper machinery manufacturer established in 1967, and a major employer in Cherokee County, hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its solar parking canopy and associated Electric Vehicle (EV) charging station. This is the first solar canopy with an associated EV charging station in the State of Georgia, and the first EV charging station in Cherokee County.
Rick Marshall, President of Kirk-Rudy, installed the solar panels to reduce the company’s energy costs. “Even though the upfront capital cost of such a system is high, the federal and state incentives, combined with the benefits of Georgia Power’s Solar Purchase Program, give this investment a quick payback. We expect this first array of solar panels to create enough electricity to equal approximately one third of our current energy usage. After the initial period of assessment, we plan to install additional solar arrays, tripling our current output, assuming all existing incentives remain in place .”
As part of the construction project, Kirk-Rudy decided to install the charging station as a benefit for their employees. Only one charging station is being installed at this time, but the design and construction allow for a second or third charging station to be easily installed in the future, as demand dictates.
Creative Solar USA, Inc., headquartered in Woodstock, Georgia, designed, engineered, and installed the 100 kW solar canopy. Creative Solar USA has been designing and installing solar photo voltaic systems since 2008. In addition to reducing the long-term cost of electricity and providing beneficial shade for parked cars, Russell Seifert, the CEO of Creative Solar, believes solar parking canopies and EV Charging Stations are a natural progression in our nation’s quest for energy sustainability.
“We are honored and proud to work with Kirk-Rudy on such a monumental project,” said Mr. Seifert. “All of our labor and subcontracting was sourced locally and 85% of our materials were bought from Georgia based companies. Solar power not only helps our country with energy independence on a global scale, but is also a benefit to our local economic community.”
The charging station is manufactured by ClipperCreek in Auburn, CA. Metro Plug-In, also of Woodstock provided the charging station to Creative Solar USA. Creative Solar USA and Metro Plug-In find their two products to be a natural fit and both companies look forward to more joint endeavors.
“We, here at Kirk-Rudy, are proud to be on the leading edge in energy sustainability,” says Mr. Marshall.