Despite preliminary US tariffs on imported Chinese solar-energy panels, a small manufacturer's need for clean energy was strong enough to bring together companies from New Jersey and China.
Jiangsu Sainty Machinery Import & Export Corp of Nanjing, in eastern China, and Paz Solar Systems LLC of Hackensack have co-developed a 300-kilowatt solar-powered electrical system for Dream Well LLC, which makes mattresses and box springs in North Brunswick, 60 kilometers west of New York City.
The installation began with a ceremony on Dec 12 at Dream Well's factory. The solar project, designed and built by local contractor Blue Sky Technologies USA, consists of over 1,200 pieces of electricity-conducting monocrystalline-silicon panels affixed to the factory's 40,000-square-foot (3,716-square-meter) roof.
Once in operation, the system will be able to generate 290,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity a year, meeting Dream Well's consumption needs and saving the company at least $52,000 a year.