May 30, 2015

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Corrugated box manufacturer installs $4 million solar farm

TOWN OF WALLKILL – A company that manufactures corrugated shipping containers is installing a $4.2 million solar farm that will power 30 percent of its operations in the Town of Wallkill.

The two megavolt ground-mounted installation should be completed and turned on around Labor Day, said President Container Group Vice President Larry Grossbard.

“It’s the right thing to do,” Grossbard said.  “It’s easy to be in business and to generate good profits and to run a good business, but it goes further than that. You need a commitment to the employees, a commitment to the community, a commitment to the environment. Not enough people out there have been embracing this type of technology.”

Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus attended Friday’s ceremonial rollout of the system.

“Four hundred-plus jobs here in Orange County,” Neuhaus said. “This is what it is all about; putting people to work and investing in clean, good renewable energy.”

Wallkill Town Supervisor Daniel Depew said President Container is more than just a cardboard manufacturer.

“President Container, not only being a major industrial employer in the town and one of our major industrial partners, has also been a great contributor to our educational system working with the Valley Central School District and others to teach children that you can go to school, get a job and work here in the Town of Wallkill, have a productive life and raise a family here,” Depew said.

The General Electric installation is partially funding through NYSERDA’s NY-SUN Incentive Program. Orange County Trust Company is the primary lender on the project.


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