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Northern Sound & Light Goes Green with Solar Power Install (AV Dealer reduces carbon footprint with over 100 solar panels)

Linda Seid Frembes September 13th, 2010

McKees Rocks (Pittsburgh), PA - Northern Sound & Light (NSL), a pro audio and lighting dealer in Pennsylvania with a vibrant online presence, has invested in a new solar power system as part of a larger green strategy for the firm. NSL's solar power system is comprised of 117 photovoltaic solar panels feeding three current inverters. The 117 panels cover nearly the entire southern facing roof of NSL's facility. The system is literally a power plant and is estimated to produce approximately 25,170 kW annual average, enough electricity that NSL will achieve energy positive status and be able to sell electricity back to the utility.

"We are always focused on long-term savings, so this investment in renewable solar energy makes sense for us," says Steve Raslevich, owner and president of NSL. "Since half of our roof is now under the shade of panels, our HVAC system doesn't work as hard in the summer. We're also cutting our lighting load in half by a facility-wide change to compact fluorescent and LED lighting. The new lighting fixtures will emit much less heat than conventional lighting fixtures, further reducing our HVAC load. As we reduce our operating costs, we pass those savings along to our customers."

The design, engineering, and installation was conducted by Solar Power Industries of Belle Vernon, Penn. NSL chose Solar Power Industries due to their ability to manufacture locally, provide turnkey systems, and their quality engineering services. According to Jared Lyons, electrical engineer for the company, the NSL solar panel installation is the third largest system in operation in the greater Pittsburgh area. "Return on investment is a big consideration, especially given the escalating cost of electricity that will occur when rate caps come off at the end of 2010," explains Lyons, who served as system designer and project manager on the NSL install.

Advanced system metering means that Raslevich and his staff can monitor power usage via the Internet, and try to reduce their load during peak times. NSL is also investing in other green activities such as recyclable shopping bags and investigating as many options as possible to green their business practices.

Upfront costs for the solar panel system were offset thanks to rebates from the Pennsylvania Sunshine Solar Program which provides rebates to help fund solar electric and solar thermal projects for homeowners and small businesses in Pennsylvania.

About Northern Sound & Light (NSL)
Founded in 1990 by Steve Raslevich, Northern Sound & Light (NSL) strives to provide customers with award-winning service and top name brands at the maximum discount price. Based just outside of Pittsburgh in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, Northern Sound & Light is a proud member of the National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA), the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) and the BBBOnline Reliability Program. Northern Sound & Light can be found online at www.northernsound.net.

Photo download: http://www.frembes.com/NSL_SolarRoof_300dpi.jpg (Right click on photo to "Save As")
Photo caption: An installer inspects the new solar panels on the NSL roof.

For more information on Northern Sound & Light (NSL):

• Contact: Linda Seid Frembes - (617) 797-4889 - linda@frembes.com

http://www.northernsound.net/

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