Advanced Green Technologies covers tractor equipment supplier’s headquarters with solar array
Advanced green technologies (AGT) recently completed South Florida’s second largest solar roof at Costex Tractor Parts (CTP) headquarters in Doral, which provides 90 to 100% of the energy needed for the entire building.
The CTP solar installation is one of AGT’s 300 commercial solar roof projects on the company’s 14th anniversary. A total of 2,974 solar panels on the CTP roof provide 1.6 MW of renewable energy.
“Our goal with this project was to provide an energy asset that will last for 30 years,” said Clint Sockman, AGT VP. “Costex made green technology a priority from the start of their design process. Due to the environmental commitments of CTP’s management team, we have collaborated and achieved their long-term vision with integrations including daylighting with skylights. “
The array is installed on the roof of the 18,500 square foot CTP facility. It is estimated that Costex will generate annual energy savings of $ 207,008. Melissa Uribe Gil, VP of CTP, said the company has grown by providing equipment replacement parts to customers in more than 150 countries.
“By reducing CO2 emissions, our employees are proud to be part of a company that is making great strides for the environment,” said Uribe Gil. “This is one of the ways we make a difference. Our new facility is a dream of my father (Gilberto Uribe) who wants to ensure that future generations remain community-oriented.
“We have completely redesigned the headquarters,” added Uribe Gil. “Today we are opening the doors for other organizations and industries to join us in this solar energy movement.”
Rob Kornahrens, CEO of Advanced Roofing, started this roofing business with $ 15,000 borrowed from his father in 1983. AGT was introduced when his twin boys, Kevin and Michael, shared a monster sunroof with their father.
“When we made the decision to move to solar, it was not just a business decision, it was a choice to get even more involved in environmental efforts,” said Kornahrens. “We were already active in efforts such as establishing reefs and community outreach in partnership with provincial officials. Our goal was to remain a role model for other companies and to realize green technologies for the long term. “
Today, Michael Kornahrens is the Executive VP of AGT and has been instrumental in AGT’s growth with more than 200 commercial solar installations built since 2007; and his brother Kevin, an executive VP, oversees the company’s information technology, human resources and finance.
“We see more and more companies coming to us with a desire to take advantage of both cost savings and environmental measures,” said Rob Kornahrens. “With the realization that solar energy is stored and no grid is needed, this is the future that is now starting to get attention.”
A recent example of a net zero facility is the Lung Biotechnology PBC buildings in Jacksonville, where AGT installed five solar carports to protect more than 100 vehicles and generate 1.4 million kWh of electricity, providing up to 50% of the total energy needed to power the center. . Orlando’s solar installations include a solar-powered carport for Lockheed Martin that saves over $ 370,000 in energy costs annually, in addition to a similar carport for this Oldsmar company that protects more than 500 vehicles and produces 2.25 MW of energy enough to power about 300 homes.
To meet Florida’s demand for climate change solutions, AGT has acquired a 32,000 square foot office and warehouse in Tampa Bay.
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