Powering Our Production with The Sun
Bring on the sun!
Our new 136-kilowatt photovoltaic array is expected to produce 40 percent of the electricity needed at our building systems manufacturing facility.
Bensonwood and Unity Homes join a small but growing, number of companies using solar energy to power manufacturing facilities. Some of the most significant operational manufacturing facilities using solar energy to power production in the U.S. include the Volkswagen production plant in Tennessee which uses a 33-acre “solar park” to generate about 13 percent of the energy used by the Volkswagen plant during production.
Tesla broke ground on their Gigafactory in June 2014 outside Sparks, Nevada. Renewable energy sources will entirely power the 1.9 million square foot factory with the goal of achieving net zero energy. Less than 30 percent done, when completed it will be the most massive building on earth powered by renewable energy.
Apple is now globally powered by 100% renewable energy as nine more of it's suppliers commit to clean energy production. The manufacturing partners have committed to power all of their output for Apple with 100 percent clean energy, bringing the total number of supplier commitments to 23.
“We are proud that we can now say we build energy-efficient homes in a facility that is powered by renewable energy." - Tedd Benson, Bensonwood Founder
The Perfect Space for Solar Panels
The flat roofs of factories are the perfect place for installing photovoltaic panels that harness the sun’s rays and creating power. Another benefit is that many factories operate during the day when solar energy is collected and generated. The photovoltaic array is just another step toward the companies’ commitment to sustainable and clean technology buildings.
Panel Fabrication Systems
Bensonwood and Unity Homes celebrated the grand opening of the new panel production facility in Keene, New Hampshire, on April 20, 2018. The production facility produces insulated enclosure systems for high-performance buildings. Bensonwood is using the new facility to better serve commercial clients and the multifamily sector, in addition to the single family custom home market.
Unity Homes will use the facility to help achieve its mission of making high-performance, low-energy homes widely available and more affordable. As demand for Unity Homes has grown, the need for increased production capability has become increasingly apparent. Unity will utilize the manufacturing facility to serve more clients in a broader range of markets, including residential developments of high-performance homes.