Chemetal Installs 201.6 kW Solar PV System through Partnership with Solect Energy

Published July 27, 2017

Chemetal Installs 201.6 kW Solar PV System through Partnership with Solect Energy

DATE PUBLISHED: July 27, 2017
Category: News, Press

JULY 27, 2017 – EASTHAMPTON, MA – Chemetal, a leading manufacturer of metal designs and laminates, has partnered with Solect Energy of Hopkinton, MA to install a 201.6 kilowatt (kW) solar energy system on the roof of its Easthampton manufacturing plant. The array consists of 560 photovoltaic (PV) panels, which are projected to produce 210,686 kilowatt hours (kwH) of energy annually.  Chemetal anticipates the array will provide up to 33 percent of its facility’s annual electricity use.


Solect carefully examined Chemetal’s energy usage patterns and other factors in order to design the optimum solar energy system. Solect then worked to make sure that Chemetal would achieve maximum ROI through the myriad of solar incentives. Chemetal is projected to save approximately $25,000 annually on its electricity bill, and is able to take advantage of state and federal tax and financial incentives, including SRECs (Solar Renewable Energy Certificates), which are financial incentives based on the amount of solar energy the system generates. Electrical utility providers in Massachusetts purchase SRECs to help them meet their state-mandated goals of a percentage of power coming from renewable energy sources.  


“We began seriously considering solar when we doubled the size of our facility in 2016,” said Geoff Schaefer, Creative Director and President of Chemetal. “The incentives, including tax credits and accelerated depreciation, were beneficial, as was the opportunity to reduce our carbon footprint with renewable energy. Solect did a great job making a complicated proposition clear and straightforward; their pricing was competitive and they were very helpful in shepherding us through the process.”


Chemetal is one of the world’s largest sources of metal designs and laminates for commercial and residential building projects. The 50 year-old, family-owned business has a strong commitment to green practices. Many of its metal products are made entirely of aluminum, the most recycled material on the planet. Some of its aluminum finishes contain up to 85% recycled content, offering builders and architects LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) credits. LEED is the most widely used third-party verification for green buildings.


In addition to its commitment to solar, Chemetal pursues other green practices. The company recycles paper and cardboard materials to minimize additions to the waste stream.  It also sells any scrap metal material to be repurposed. The company is also a FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified supplier for its Treefrog real wood veneer laminate products. FSC certification ensures that products come from responsibly managed forests that provide environmental, social and economic benefits.


“Given its strong commitment to green building products that feature LEED and FSC certification, Chemetal’s move to solar energy was a natural,” said Scott Howe, Partner, Senior Vice President at Solect Energy. “Chemetal will create its signature products utilizing clean energy. The company will benefit from lower energy costs, tax and other financial incentives, and have the satisfaction of knowing they are improving on their already strong pledge to protect the planet.”


About Solect Energy

Solect is a full-service solar photovoltaic (PV) project developer and installer based in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, delivering smart solar and energy management solutions to help businesses and organizations reduce energy costs. As an industry leader in commercial-scale solar energy, Solect takes a practical approach to the development, installation and on-going support of each system. We partner closely with our customers, providing strong financial insight and solar technology expertise to optimize their investment while creating a positive impact on the environment. Solect currently has installed over 60 MW (megawatts) of commercial PV systems, with a primary focus on commercial, light industrial and institutional properties in New England. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter at @SolectSolar.


About Chemetal

Chemetal is a 50 year old, family-owned business offering a massive collection of over 200 metal and laminate designs. We make many of them; deeply brushing, aging and adding patinas by hand and machine. Our designs are unique works of art, created with a manufacturing consistency to ensure repeatability. We also source some of the best metal designs the world over. It adds up to what we consider the most expansive collection of metal designs for interiors that you'll find anywhere. We back it up with exceptional sales and customer service that cares about getting it right. In addition to Chemetal, we offer two other materials in the premium laminate category: Treefrog Veneer, a prefinished wood veneer laminate from Italy and InteriorArts, a designer laminate. Our materials are sold worldwide through our international distributor network. Contact us directly at for the nearest distributor.