Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Pa Business Icon Going Solar For Sales and Power: Big Insight to A Big Trend

Founded In 1940 and a $9 billion per year revenue company with 18,300 employees in 40 countries, Air Products shouted yesterday that it is part of the global solar industry by flipping the switch on a 2 megawatt solar system at its PA located headquarters made from panels produced by 2 of Air Products' solar customers.

Best known for making hydrogen gas and other specialty gases, Air Products manufactures SunSource Solutions (solar materials) for Astronergy and ENN Solar which produced the thin-film panels installed at its corporate headquarters. The 2 megawatt system can supply about half of all the electricity consumed at the campus and is the largest silicon thin-film project in America.

The global solar industry is about $80 billion per year opportunity, with major Pennsylvania employers like Air Products and PPG making sales to it. More than 6,000 Pennsylvanians are directly employed in the many parts of the solar industry.

Pennsylvania can be a solar powerhouse, but will it be?

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