Polypack Celebrates Installation of 1000th Solar Panel

Shrink wrap equipment manufacturer Polypack Inc. has installed its 1000th solar panel at its Pinellas Park, FL, facility. In 2011 the company set out to power its manufacturing facility with solar power, using a system that could withstand hurricanes and high winds. At the end of November, the company celebrated the 1000th panel installed on its rooftop system with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Rather than employing the traditional method of bolting down mounting hardware to the roof, Polypack's system employs spray foam to secure the mounts in place on the rooftop, the company explained in a press release. "The spray foam provides a unified
mounting surface which is strong enough to sustain a Category 5 Hurricane, and [it] foam also provides insulation
to the facility, reducing the amount of energy required for heating and cooling throughout the year," the company reported.

Polypack designed the mounting hardware for the solar panels, using 11-gauge stainless steel. Legs of the mounts were perforated to allow the spray foam to permeate through the surface. They are manufactured from 304 stainless, which offers excellent corrosion resistance and long-term durability. Combined with the unified spray foam surface, the end result is a fully-integrated photovoltaic system capable of withstanding winds in excess of 157 miles per hour, the company reports.

For more information on Polypack Inc., visit www.polypack.com.

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