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Cary Compounds - S&A Molders Expand With Solar Array in Manalapan, New Jersey

Cary Compounds, a leading PVC compound manufacturer owned by Kenneth Cary, and S&A Molders, a structural foam and injection molder owned by his son Charles, expanded operations with the addition of a solar array at their shared manufacturing facility in Manalapan, New Jersey.

The project included instillation of 1,566 monocrystalline high efficiency solar panels on the roof of the 140,000 sq. ft. manufacturing plant that provides 639,000 kilowatt-hours of AC electricity, which is about 40 percent of the building's annual electricity usage.

"We use a lot of electricity," said Charles Cary, president of both companies. "We have large machines that work two shifts. We wanted to reduce our impact on the environment and our local community, and, of course, save money. Governor Murphy's initiative and incentives were instrumental in helping us make this decision."

"Knowing that we're helping to reduce the carbon footprint feels good, and it is something that fits in with the values of our employees and customers as well. It's a good long-term investment for the future of our company and the planet," said he added.

"We've been in business for several generations, and we are always looking to the future. I want to do all I can to preserve the environment for my children and grandchildren and their future generations,” son Kenneth added.

Since the conversion in early February, the companies reduced carbon dioxide output by 300,000 lbs, company officials said. Over the first year, the projected energy savings will be equivalent to the annual electricity usage of 78 homes.

The system was installed by Vanguard Energy Partners, LLC, a national solar energy construction firm, since 2007. "Working with the Carys was a wonderful experience as a result of their leading commitment to sustainability and for the wellbeing of the employees and the community. The dedication to building a successful business while protecting the environment is inspiring," said Alex Rivera, Senior Vice President at Vanguard. Future plans at the site include an expansion of the solar project to further reduce the carbon footprint and potentially subsidize 100% of electrical consumption.

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