WILEVCO Greens Billerica Facility with Solar from Solect

Published December 31, 2013

WILEVCO Greens Billerica Facility with Solar from Solect

DATE PUBLISHED: December 31, 2013

BILLERICA, MA – December 31, 2012 – WILEVCO, a Billerica-based manufacturer of food processing equipment, has selected Hopkinton-based Solect Energy Development to install a new 82 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) renewable energy system on the roof of its Fortune Drive facility. The system will cover up to 85% of the company’s annual electrical needs.

WILEVCO, a family-owned company that is credited with inventing the first automatic industrial batter mixer, has been in the food processing equipment business for 46 years, and distributes its products around the world. Owner Leverett Flint credits his interest in greening his business as well as “Yankee stubbornness” as his motivators in choosing a renewable solar energy solution.

“When you look at the fact that solar is helping the environment, and then look at the financials, it was a very easy decision and a smart investment to choose solar for our building,” Flint said. “Now my mission is to spread the word about the benefits of solar.”

The 82 kW system deployed at WILEVCO is comprised of 336 panels, which will generate enough energy to cover most of WILEVCO’s annual energy costs – most of which are generated by the facility’s lighting systems and shop equipment. “Even in the winter months, the system will cover more than 50% of our electricity use,” Flint said.

“WILEVCO quickly understood the financial benefits of deploying solar, and embraced the project from day one,” said Alex Keally, business development partner at Solect. “When you look all of the factors involved — the cost savings, the revenue generation, and the green energy creation – a solar renewable solution is a terrific option for Massachusetts businesses of all types and sizes.”

About Solect Energy Development, LLC

Solect is a full service solar photovoltaic (PV) project developer based in Hopkinton, MA. Solect’s turnkey solutions include: feasibility assessments, financial and incentive modeling, funding options, regulatory expertise, design and engineering, installation, and on-going management and maintenance. The company currently has 10 MW (megawatts) of systems completed and under development, with a primary focus on New England-based commercial, light industrial, and institutional property owners. Visit www.solect.com for more information.