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Canton, OH – (June 18, 2013) In manufacturing, often times the highest cost budgeted for a company is its energy usage, often times meaning their electricity demands. For Belden Brick of Canton, OH, the sixth-largest brick manufacturer by volume in the United States, they are no different. Cost stability and reduction has been high on their list of priorities and generating their own electricity is one of many ways to accomplish their goals.

Belden Brick contracted Paradise Energy Solutions, a solar installer with five branches serving nine states and a branch here locally in Sugarcreek, to install their 400 panel solar system on the roof of their facility in Sugarcreek. The system was completed in March and while it offsets just 20% of the company’s electricity demands at the Plant 2 Prep Plant in Sugarcreek, it represents a step to energy independence and environmentally friendly electric usage.

“The Belden Brick Company has been engaged in studying our electric usage to find the best strategy to reduce or stabilize our cost,” said Brad Belden, Corporate Manager for Occupational & Regulatory issues for Belden Brick. “While energy efficiency has played a major role in that strategy, generating solar electricity serves us as an environmentally friendly way to stabilize a portion of our electric usage for years to come”

In addition to the electricity cost offsets, Belden Brick was able to offset the total cost of the system using the 30% Federal Tax Credit, the now-expired AEP Commercial Solar Rebate, 50% bonus depreciation through 2013. The system will pay for itself in just three years and will generate a significant return on investment.

Along with a 30-year manufacturer’s warranty on the solar panels and the 10-year manufacturer’s warranty on the inverters, Paradise Energy Solutions provides its customers with its own two-year performance guarantee and five-year workmanship warranty. The system is guaranteed to produce nearly 120,000 kWh annually.

“Paradise Energy Solutions emerged from the group as the best fit due to a combination of factors such as great customer service, competitive pricing, and their location being so close to ours,” said Belden. “The system is outperforming the output guarantees thus far, and the system has been maintenance free so far.”

Belden worked with Paradise Energy Solutions’ Solar Consultant Sheldon Stutzman on the 100 kW system and Stutzman believes that now is the time for businesses in Ohio to embrace Solar as a source of additional revenue; almost like a second business.

“Solar allows a business to increase their bottom line by utilizing the roof of their building to quietly generate all or part of their electricity demand while they continue to do what they do best inside their building,” said Stutzman.

About Belden Brick
The Belden Brick Company originated from the Diebold Fire Brick Company in Canton, Ohio in 1885 by Henry S. Belden and his four associates. Today, the Belden Brick Company owns and operates seven Belden Brick plants in Sugarcreek, Ohio. Sugarcreek, OH with the capacity to produce 240 million brick annually including 20 plus sizes of brick in more than 300 colors, 13 different textures and hundreds of special shapes.

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