ATAS International Invests In Solar System For Headquarters
Allentown, PA - On May 6, 2019, ATAS International had a ribbon
cutting ceremony to celebrate the installation of a 620.1 kW photovoltaic (PV) solar electric system that was recently installed on one of ATAS’ plants located on Grant Way in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The 60,000 square foot building was constructed
in 2005 and is used by ATAS for manufacturing.
The PV system was installed by RER Energy Group (RER) over an existing standing seam metal roof system. It will generate more energy than is used at the building on which it is installed; ATAS will use the excess energy to benefit its other nearby building
on Snowdrift Road, which serves as the company headquarters. The solar array cost a little more than $1 million to install, and the estimated payback is two and a half years.
On the south facing wall of the Grant Way facility, InSpire, a solar air heating wall panel system, is installed and has been performing over the past 13 years. InSpire uses the sun’s energy to heat the building. As the sun heats up the surface
of the perforated metal wall panel, it creates warm air, which then enters the building to help lower winter heating costs. The InSpire panels are manufactured inside of the Grant Way facility.
Last year, ATAS installed a 187.2 kW PV solar electric system on their Mesa, Arizona facility. Dick Bus, President of ATAS, said, “The solar arrays on both buildings will offset a substantial amount of ATAS’ annual electric usage, representing
an important accomplishment in ongoing environmental and sustainability efforts.”
According to Loretta Ottinger, the project developer
for RER Energy Group, the Allentown, PA system consists of 1,908 roof-mounted, photovoltaic solar panels of 325 watts each. “The array will produce more than 743,220 kWh (kilowatt hours) of renewable energy annually, which would result in a
100 percent reduction of electric costs at the Grant Way facility, and more than 50 percent per month at the company’s headquarters. The clean energy produced by the array would avoid 441 metric tons of carbon dioxide from entering the environment;
equivalent to the electricity use of 66 homes in one year,” stated Ottinger.
As a proponent of sustainability, ATAS is setting an example on their own facilities, to show how solar PV and metal roofs can work together, resulting in a long-lasting and energy efficient system. Adding an InSpire solar air heating wall system to a
building, along with a rooftop solar PV array, can further add to a building’s energy performance.
Construction of a 490,000 square foot building in Fogelsville, PA will begin later this year, which will become the new headquarters for ATAS. With the use of the energy produced by the solar array, and the InSpire solar air heating wall system that will
be installed, that could potentially become a net zero building.
About ATAS International Inc.
Founded in 1963, ATAS International Inc. is a leading manufacturer of metal roofing, wall cladding, ceilings, perimeter edge metal, and accessories. The ATAS portfolio features an expansive selection of products available in aluminum, steel, zinc, stainless steel, and copper. Standard profiles include narrow and wide ribbed wall panels, corrugated styles, standing seam and batten seam roof systems, metal shingles, shakes, tiles, and more. Additional options include curved, tapered, and perforated panels; concealed or exposed fasteners; smooth or embossed textures; horizontal and vertical applications; and a choice of over 40 stock colors with 70% PVDF finish.
With sustainability at the forefront of modern building design, ATAS proudly supports green building objectives with high performance solutions, such as solar-ready roof panels, insulated metal panels, cool roofing products, and solar air heating wall panels. The ATAS team consists of product and market specialists that provide a high level of support for your project, from initial discovery and design to installation. ATAS has two ISO 9001:2015 certified manufacturing locations in the United States: the headquarters in Allentown, PA, and their facility in Mesa, AZ. ATAS also has a second location in Allentown, PA, and recently added a new manufacturing location in University Park, IL. For more information about ATAS International, visit www.atas.com or call 610.395.8445.