Bonded Logic makes home products from recycled textiles. But the Chandler-based company didn’t consider itself as environmentally friendly as possible.
That will change in the coming weeks after the company on Tuesday had a groundbreaking ceremony on a 1,300-panel, 65,000-square-foot solar power system behind its south Chandler manufacturing facility.
The company’s Talons Solar Field will generate the equivalent of enough energy annually to power nearly 60 average homes, according to Max Burger, SRP commercial solar incentive program administrator.
“We’ve based our entire business on ‘green’ products,” said Jim Kean, Bonded Logic founder. “Now we’ll add renewable energy to our DNA.”
Construction of the solar field will begin in the next two weeks, and it is expected to be up and running by the first of July.
“We’re going to flip the switch as soon as we can,” said Sean Desmond, Bonded Logic director of sales and marketing.
The 5-foot-by-3-foot panels are expected to produce up to 26 percent of the company’s average electric bill at its 130,000-square-foot facility off Arizona Avenue, south of Chandler Heights Road.
Bonded Logic did not announce the project’s price tag, but the company will fund a majority of the costs along with grants from SRP and the state.
SRP set aside funding for 4 megawatts of one-time incentives for small commercial solar installations this year. The company has reserved 1.15 megawatts toward that 4-megawatt capacity, according to its website.
Phoenix-based Harmon Solar will install the panels.
“Arizona is second only to California in solar installation,” Harmon Solar CEO Julie King said. “We should be No. 1 with all the sun we get.”
Bonded Logic is best known for its UltraTouch Denim Insulation, made from recycled denim. Bonded Logic also has sister companies United Fibers and Phoenix Fibers, located on Ray Road east of Arizona Avenue.
Those facilities soon will begin solar projects as well, Desmond said, and Bonded Logic has additional plans for more solar panels on its roof and carports in the future.
“We got to the point financially were we could afford to do this and it really is a no-brainer,” Desmond said.
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