Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg was in Dyersville Wednesday morning to attend a groundbreaking ceremony with the Engineering Services & Products Company division of FarmTek.
Engineering Services and Products Co. (known as ESAPCO) has officially unveiled a solar power system that will power much of its operations in Dyersville. In partnership with Eagle Point Solar, headquartered in Dubuque, the company recently completed a rooftop-mounted 450.56 kW-DC solar power generator. The grid consists of 1,024 solar modules and six inverters and is designed to produce 572,674 kWh of electricity in its first year. The system will offset 110% of the energy consumption of the company’s I-beam manufacturing plant.
Dave Buchheit, vice president of operations for ESAPCO, says Farmtek will see savings of approximately $ 50,000 per year in energy costs. Over a 25-year period, the system’s electricity savings are estimated to be nearly $ 2.5 million. Over its lifetime, the system will offset 10,853.32 tonnes of CO2, or 1,193,865 gallons of gasoline consumed less or a carbon offset from planting 272,690 trees.
The new system is FarmTek’s latest effort to embrace renewable and sustainable energy strategies. Solar energy will help reduce the carbon footprint of the structural installation and is another step for ESAPCO in achieving its green initiatives and operational goals.
photos courtesy of Dyersville Economic Development Corporation