June 1 (SeeNews) - The renewable energy unit of US conglomerate General Electric Co (NYSE:GE) said Friday it has started construction of a 2-MW solar system for a corrugated box maker in the state of New York.
The ground-mounted installation will be located outside President Container Group's factory in Middletown, Orange County and is expected to provide 25% of the company's future energy needs. It is due to become operational in the autumn of 2015.
Erik Schiemann, general manager of GE's solar product line, said this was the first deal in which GE was offering a fully integrated solar approach, acting both as a developer and equipment provider. Under the contract, GE is delivering equipment, site engineering, installation and commissioning services and seven years of operations and maintenance. It also supported the customer through the incentive application and permitting process.
The installation has been approved for support under the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority's (NYSERDA) NY-Sun incentive programme.