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4/21/2016 St. Pete News
Local leaders to celebrate Earth Day at St. Pete’s newest and largest commercial rooftop solar installation

Local leaders to celebrate Earth Day at St. Pete’s newest and largest commercial rooftop solar installation

Recently installed and “flipping the switch” this Friday, St. Pete-based, national millwork fabrication facility can now run on net-zero power

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (April 20, 2016) -- Mesh Fabrication is completing a 100 Kilowatt solar installation on its 30,000 square-foot millwork fabrication facility. The panels will provide net-zero energy consumption during most months. The installation is the largest of its kind on a commercial rooftop in St. Petersburg.

This Friday – Earth Day – public officials will tour the facility, which now includes a $300,000 solar panel array, as well as another $100,000 of upgrades: an energy-efficient reflective white coating on the roof, improved insulation, and large energy-efficient air-cooling fans.

"These are American manufacturing jobs powered by the sun," said Mesh Fabrication CEO Gary Grooms, “This matters to us – we want to reduce our impact on the environment."

WHAT: 100 Kilowatt, net-zero solar installation completion at a major manufacturing facility

WHERE: 2900 44th Avenue North, St. Petersburg

WHEN: 1:00pm – Friday, April 22 – Earth Day

WHO (speakers/attendees to include):

State Representative Dwight Dudley
St. Pete City Councilmember Darden Rice
Environment FL Director Jennifer Rubiello
Representatives from Florida Sierra Club
Mesh Fabrication leaders
Gestalt Furniture leaders
Solar Energy Management CEO Scott McIntyre
Pinellas County Principal Planner Rachel Booth

The event is open to the public.

Along with sun-powered energy independence, Mesh Fabrication and Gestalt Furniture practice sustainability in other areas, including repurposing used materials. They regularly use Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood. The certification requires strict proof of chain-of-custody, ensuring the wood is either repurposed or sustainably harvested. Plus they use environmentally friendly water-based finishes on products.

This type of manufacturing is not common," Grooms said.

VISUALS: A sea of solar panels atop a 30,000 square-foot manufacturing facility, hi-tech top-line woodworking machinery, Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) certified materials, and projects underway, amid a fully functioning manufacturing facility.




Jesse Landis, APR