Doran Manufacturing LLC, known for its tire pressure monitoring systems which save fuel and increase safety for trucks, RVs, motorcycles and off-road vehicles, recently completed the installation of a customized solar panel system large enough to generate up to 50% of the electricity needed to run its facility in Cincinnati, Ohio, by using power from the sun.
In addition to the many environmental and community benefits, the project is expected to provide a positive return on investment in less than four years through a combination of energy savings, Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) and other incentives, according to a news release.
“We spend so much time working with our truck fleet and RV customers on the significant economic benefits associated with using Doran’s tire pressure monitoring systems that it inspired us to look internally at the available opportunities to control our costs by investing in technology.” said Doran CEO Jeff Stegman. “Whether we can help to extend the life of tires and improve fuel efficiency for fleets or produce our own electricity with the help of the sun, it will have a positive impact on the environment and the economy.”
The system is made up of 148 solar panels and six inverters and is expected to produce 50,500 kW hours per year (enough to power more than five homes for a year) and reduce the peak kW load by 15-25 kW’s during the summer months. Based on the challenge of the layout, size and construction of Doran’s facility, the company chose to use high-efficiency SunPower solar panels to achieve the desired output per square foot and still leave usable roof space for potential expansion in the future.
Doran Manufacturing continues to produce and assemble electric terminals and terminal boards in the original factory that was established in 1954. In addition, the company has been designing, assembling and supplying transportation safety products for school buses, RVs and commercial trucks for more than 35 years. Product categories include tire pressure monitoring systems for truck fleets, RVs, commercial equipment and motorcycles; monitors for LED/incandescent lights; and Sleeping Child Check monitors for school buses.
For more information on Doran, please visit www.doranmfg.com or call toll-free (866) 816-SAFE (7233).