ESTES EXPRESS LINES AND DYNAMIC ENERGY COMPLETE ONE OF THE LARGEST ROOFTOP SOLAR ARRAYS IN WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA
West Middlesex, PA: Estes Express Lines and Dynamic Energy Solutions, LLC, a turnkey solar project developer, are pleased to announce the completion of a 688 kW solar project on the roof of Estes’ terminal in West Middlesex, PA. This project was supported by a state grant from the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority (PEDA). The system is expected to produce 777,400 kilowatt hours of power each year, which will offset 56% of the West Middlesex terminal’s annual consumption.
“We greatly appreciate Dynamic Energy’s expertise with installing our system, and we are pleased to work with PEDA to generate clean, advanced energy within Pennsylvania,” said President and CEO Rob Estes. “Our selection from among such a strong pool of grant applicants says a lot about the long-term viability of this and similar future projects.”
“The West Middlesex solar project is a great example of what can be accomplished when forward thinking companies like Estes make a commitment to renewable energy and efficiency,” said Geoffrey Bristow, Regional Energy Program Manager, Department of Environmental Protection. “In fact, 2017 saw the kickoff of a strategic planning process, known as Finding PA’s Solar Future, to increase the share of solar energy produced within PA from the current rate of less than 1%, to at least 10% of retail electric sales by the year 2030.”
A ribbon cutting ceremony took place to celebrate the completion of the project at Estes West Middlesex terminal. The event was attended by Jim Miller, Director, Department of Environmental Protection, Geoffrey Bristow, Regional Energy Program Manager, Department of Environmental Protection, Maria Koledin, Board of Commissioner, City of Hermitage, Lisa Nentwick, Economic Development Manager, Penn Power/First Energy and executives from Estes and Dynamic Energy.
Estes Express Lines previously partnered with Dynamic Energy to complete two solar installations totaling 583 kW at their terminals in Elkton, MD and Baltimore, MD.
“Selecting clean solar power for our West Middlesex terminal further demonstrates Estes’ good stewardship of the environment,” said Joe Ziadeh, Project Manager of Estes Express Lines. “Estes was one of the first trucking companies to join the Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay Transport Partnership, and this solar project is another step in our sustainability efforts.”
“The Pennsylvania Solar Future Program, Pennsylvania Power, the Town of West Middlesex and Estes all collaborated to see a successful project completed. The asset will produce value for Estes and the community for decades to come,” said Mike Perillo, CEO of Dynamic Energy.
About Estes Express Lines
Headquartered in Virginia, Estes is a leading, full-service freight transportation provider offering a complete range of shipping solutions including LTL, time critical, volume & truckload, global and custom solutions. Founded in 1931 by W.W. Estes and still family-owned, Estes is the largest privately held carrier in the nation. The company is now one of the most respected total-solutions providers in the industry with direct service throughout all of the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico through more than 230 terminals, as well as door-to-door service to and from Mexico and a global freight-forwarding service footprint. www.estes-express.com
About the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority
The Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority (PEDA) is an independent public financing authority that was created in 1982 by the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority and Emergency Powers Act, and that was revitalized through an April 8, 2004, Executive Order. The authority’s mission is to finance clean, advanced energy projects in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania projects that could potentially qualify for funding from the Authority include solar energy, wind, low-impact hydropower, geothermal, biomass, landfill gas, fuel cells, integrated gasification combined cycle, waste coal, coal mine methane, and demand management measures.