Since 1969, Interstate Packaging has been partnering with its customers to produce innovative packaging concepts & help build brand recognition. Almost 50 years later, the family-owned business in White Bluff, Tennessee, is now the site of a brand new 300 kilowatt (kW) solar PV system. Adding to an existing 50kW for a total of 350kW, Interstate Packaging has one of the largest rooftop solar arrays in the state.
"We decided to fill up our roof with panels when we thought the cost of solar could not go any lower," says Interstate Packaging Owner Michael Doochin. “We use a lot of energy, so we are very pleased to be making some of our own power,” he says.
LightWave Solar installed the new 300kW system to offset existing electricity usage. The system will reduce Interstate Packaging's electric costs by about $25,000 annually. in addition to the savings of their other solar arrays and energy upgrades.
Interstate Packaging has a history of investing in their facility to reduce costs and make the company as environmentally sustainable as possible. Facility improvements include motion-activated & LED lighting, geothermal HVAC units, the total elimination of all routine hazardous waste products, and a closed-loop solvent processing and recycling system, just to name a few. Interstate Packaging even has beehives, and their campus is certified as an arboretum by the TN Urban Forestry Council.
“Since we started the business, we have expanded the building many times, “says Doochin. “With every expansion, we think about ways to innovate, reduce waste, and be thoughtful members of the White Bluff community,” he says.