THOMASVILLE, N.C. — Old Dominion Freight Line is celebrating the completion of a 160,000-sq.-ft. rooftop solar panel system, the third largest of its kind in North Carolina and built in conjunction with SunEnergy1, a solar energy firm.
Old Dominion unveiled the 1.8 megawatt system during an open house event attended by David Congdon, president and CEO of Old Dominion; North Carolina State Rep. Ruth Samuelson; U.S. Rep. Howard Coble; and SunEnergy1 CEO Kenny Habul. The event was held in conjunction with SunEnergy1, the contractor that built the system at Old Dominion’s Vault Logistics warehouse located four miles from the company’s corporate headquarters.
The system of 7,660 individual solar panels completely covers the warehouse’s 160,000-sq.-ft. roof. The system, which has been operating since late December, can produce more than 2.2 million kilowatt hours of electricity a year − enough to offset more than 90% of the building’s annual energy costs (or power 200 houses annually).
In addition to the solar panel installation, Old Dominion has implemented a number of sustainable initiatives in its facilities over the past few years.
Old Dominion has installed more energy-efficient bulbs in 80% of its lighting systems at company service centers nationwide as well as adopting industry-leading technologies to reduce emissions and improve fuel efficiency for its fleet of more than 5,800 tractors. Last year, the company also opened its first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified service centre, a facility located in Canton, Ohio.