Evanston warehouse sprouts solar array


Alternative energy service supplier Realgy LLC has completed installation of a 37.5 kilowatt solar photovoltaic system on the roof  of an Evanston warehouse.

The warehouse at 2100 Greenleaf St. belongs to Lake Line Deliveries, a privately-owned moving and storage company.

“The roof wasn’t being used but to keep us dry," Lake Line President Jay Collier said in a news release. "The solar panels will generate clean solar energy enough to satisfy most of our annual electricity requirements."

Realgy supplies power to Lake Line and owns the new solar system. Realagy's president, Michael Vrtis, says his firm paid for the installation to generate renewable energy locally as part of its sustainability commitment.

The system was installed by Renewable Energy Alternatives of Northbrook. Renewable's president, Bernie Schmdt, said, “Lake Line’s warehouse with a flat roof and southern exposure was a great building" for the solar installation.

Realgy says the system will produce over 48, 907 kilowatt hours of energy annually, enough  to power about two average U.S. homes for a year, reducing carbon dioxide output by about 18 tons a year, compared to using fossil fuels to produce the same amount of electricity.

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