On May 2, BRIGHTSMITH Coaters in Morrisville, Pa., had a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the installation of InSpire HP solar air heating metal wall panels and a rooftop solar photovoltaic array on the company’s building. BRIGHTSMITH is a state-of-the-art coil coating and post-painting company. Its post-painting facility is in Trenton, N.J. The ribbon cutting was attended by Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick, members of the executive committee of the Lower Bucks County Chamber of Commerce, the Falls Township Police Department, along with many BRIGHTSMITH customers and employees.
A total of 27,000 square feet of InSpire HP solar air heating panels (manufactured by ATAS) were installed on the south facing wall of this building. The high-performing panels were mounted a few inches from the building’s outer wall. The precision perforations in the wall panels allow outside air to travel through the face of the panel. Solar heated air at the surface of the panel is drawn through the perforations, where it rises between the newly created plenum and enters the building’s central ventilation system or supply fan. InSpire HP utilizes a unique selective surface that has high solar absorption and low emittance ratings which makes the system even more effective than traditional InSpire panels, which have a 70 percent PVDF painted finish. The Select Blue color of InSpire HP was chosen by BRIGHTSMITH for its building. The system also shades the building structure in the summer months thereby reducing internal temperatures of the building.
The maximum air flow for this InSpire HP system is 226,000 cfm, with a peak efficiency of 89.5 percent. The yearly output of 1,210,000 kWh per year has a natural gas equivalent of 9,526 million BTUs per year, resulting in an annual savings of $90,620. The InSpire HP solar air heating system will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 602 tons of CO2 per year (equivalent to removing 110 cars off the road).
To further increase the energy efficiency of this building, a 647.8 kW DC (562.5 kW AC) solar photovoltaic array was installed on the roof. The annual solar production is expected to generate 847,200 kWh of electricity, saving the company over $38,000 annually in electric generation charges. Since Dec. 1, 2022, 156,547 kWh have been generated, resulting in $7,200 in electric savings since that time. The rooftop solar photovoltaic array and the solar air heating panels were installed by Scalo Solar Solutions of Pittsburgh.
Currently, a 30 percent federal tax credit is being offered for certain building improvements, such as the addition of solar air heating and/or solar photovoltaics systems, and many states also offer incentives. To learn more, visit www.dsireusa.org, which is a database of state incentives for renewables and efficiency. With this recent improvement to BRIGHTSMITH’s headquarters, it demonstrates how rooftop solar photovoltaics and InSpire HP solar air heating wall panels can work together, resulting in an energy efficient building with lower carbon emissions.