R.A Jones, a Coesia Company involved in the design and manufacturing of packaging machinery, is getting a massive solar upgrade at its Covington, Kentucky, facility. The 1.7-MWDC rooftop solar system will produce enough power for more than half of the facility’s energy needs in the first year.
Melink Solar of Milford, Ohio, is providing the complete design and build of the solar panel system for R.A Jones. Construction on the rooftop installation has already begun and is expected to be completed in Q1 of 2024. The project also includes six electric vehicle charging stations that have already been installed on the R.A Jones campus for use by company employees.
Sparked by employee interest in contributing to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, the decision to go green at the R.A Jones campus was fully supported by management.
“For years, R.A Jones has been working to help some of the largest consumer brands in the world meet their sustainability initiatives by lessening the impact their manufacturing processes and packaging has on the environment,” said Jonathon Titterton, CEO of Coesia Americas and R.A Jones. “Our company is firmly committed to being environmentally responsible and ready to transition to renewable energy at our Covington plant.”
Over the last year, R.A Jones has helped customers like Bumble Bee Seafood package its products with less material, substituting its plastic shrinkwrap with recycled paperboard. Most recently, the company developed new sealing technology that will enable CPGs to run ecofriendly packaging materials on R.A Jones’ pouching equipment.
R.A Jones is the first Coesia company in the United States to power its facility with a PV system. While no immediate plans, Coesia is open to expanding and implementing other renewable energy resources to its other businesses.
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