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Truliant Federal Credit Union’s Hanes Mall Operations Center Sets New Solar Standard in Winston-Salem
Renu Energy Solutions successfully finished installing a solar system consisting of 742 panels on the roof of Truliant Federal Credit Union’s recently constructed Hanes Mall Operations Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Jay Radcliffe, the president and CEO of Renu Energy Solutions, expressed excitement about partnering with Truliant to support their corporate sustainability goals. He acknowledged Truliant’s role as a community leader in reducing environmental impact and felt privileged to contribute to their efforts.
Truliant transformed the former three-story Macy’s store at Hanes Mall into an operations center for the credit union. Utilizing approximately 51,000 square feet of rooftop space, equivalent to the size of a football field, they installed a 352-kilowatt bifacial solar system. The installation is now fully operational.
Todd Hall, the president and CEO of Truliant, emphasized their commitment to environmental responsibility, paralleling their focus on responsible financial management for their members. The rooftop solar panels are just one component of their sustainability initiatives at the Operations Center, driving their corporate social responsibility on a local scale.
The solar system is projected to generate around 485,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity in its first year. It stands as the largest rooftop solar installation in Forsyth County, and Truliant will directly benefit from all the power generated by the panels.
Mayor Allen Joines of Winston-Salem expressed hopes that Truliant’s expansion of rooftop solar power will inspire others to consider corporate sustainability projects. These initiatives can attract employees, facilitate growth, stimulate economic activity, preserve usable space, and maintain the city’s unique character.
According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), North Carolina ranks fourth nationwide in terms of total installed solar capacity. Solar energy accounted for 45% of all new electricity-generating capacity added to the U.S. grid through the third quarter of 2022, surpassing all other sources of electricity, as reported by the SEIA.
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