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Kentwool Installs Solar Electric System

Greenville-based wool yarn spinner Kentwool has installed a solar electricity generation system at its manufacturing facility in Pickens County, S.C. The 15.6-kilowatt system - designed and installed by Greer, S.C.-based Sunstore Solar Energy Solutions - creates electricity from sunlight using 72 photovoltaic panels mounted to track sunlight as it passes from east to west. According to Kentwool, the phase-one installation generates enough power to offset all office and corporate functions at its 100,000-square-foot headquarters, and is designed in a way that allows for future expansion.

"Having such a bold corporate vision statement demands an innovative approach to everything we do, including how we use resources to fuel our operations," said Mark Kent, president and CEO, Kentwool. "Integrating cutting-edge, environmentally friendly technologies such as solar power into how we conduct business is an exciting step for Kentwool. We didn't want to just talk about caring about the environment; we wanted to begin doing our part in a high-impact way - and felt this was a great time to continue investing in our company's future, while increasing our overall efficiency level."

Kentwool's sustainability initiatives also include recycling raw and unused production waste materials into products such as industrial fabrics and blankets; and research collaborations with Clemson University scientists on eco-friendly manufacturing processes.

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