How the sun can work for manufacturers with solar panels

| August 1, 2019

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The forecast of possible 100-degree days in mid-July in the Chicago area might have been more newsworthy but for the fact that successive days of more than 90-degree temperatures is plenty hot enough already. At some point it doesn’t matter much anymore. Of course, working in the heat is much different from simply being in the heat. Anyone who works outside or in a shop with air-conditioning can tell you that. But that’s why it’s called work, and for most manufacturers, a hot day on the job is nothing out of the ordinary. Shapiro & Duncan, a mechanical contractor, doesn’t necessarily think like that anymore. The sun is working for them now. With a new roof needed on its 51,000-square-foot fabrication facility in Landover, Md., the company committed to having solar roof panels installed at the same time. “It made sense to put the solar panels up there with the tax incentives, and electricity is not getting any cheaper,” said Mark Drury, Shapiro & Duncan’s vice president, business development. “So the motivation was to do the right thing for the environment, save some money, and earn some good PR in the long run.”

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