Smith & Associates Teams with ONTILITY to Undertake Solar and Energy Efficiency Greenovation Project

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ONTILITY’s Solar PV, Solar Thermal, and Greenovation Solution Expected to Turn Corporate Headquarters to Energy Neutral

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Undertaking this thorough renovation of our headquarters in partnership with ONTILITY is helping us to take our sustainability commitment to the next level by reducing our carbon footprint and use of the world’s finite resources.

Smith & Associates, a Houston based leader in the electronics distribution market, has teamed with Houston based solar and energy efficiency leader ONTILITY to go green and move closer to its 2020 corporate goal of being an energy neutral and zero waste global company. The Smith & Associates solar and energy efficiency greenovation project features many of the solar and energy efficiency industries’ leading firms, technologies, and solutions, including Solar Community, SANYO Solar, Schuco, Cooper, SoloPower, Lumeta, Advanced Energy, DECK, GE, Legrand, SolarBos, Fronius, and Green Mountain Energy. Financially and operationally, the solar and energy efficiency greenovation project is expected to save Smith & Associates between $220,000 and $300,000 annually.

Smith's focus on sustainability began with simple changes such as recycling office paper and packaging material and converting to energy efficient lighting. Sustainability efforts at Smith have since gained momentum and become a driving force in the company's operations and culture.

“With our global environment changing and the problem of resource scarcity growing, focusing on becoming a sustainable, climate neutral, and zero waste-to-landfill distributor has taken its place as one of our core values. Undertaking this thorough renovation of our headquarters in partnership with ONTILITY is helping us to take our sustainability commitment to the next level by reducing our carbon footprint and use of the world’s finite resources,” said Bob Ackerley, Co-Founder and Director of Smith & Associates.

The strong partnership and communication between Smith and ONTILITY helped keep the project on schedule, under budget, and in line with Smith's vision and needs.

“ONTILITY is a valuable and very knowledgeable partner,” said Matthew Hartzell, Smith & Associates’ Chief Operating Officer. “The ONTILITY team worked closely with us for over a year, helping us set up a very complete green roadmap that aligned perfectly with what our organization wants to accomplish today, as well as 20 years from now. Additionally, the project came in under budget and was completed a month ahead of schedule.”

“We love undertakings like the Smith & Associates project because they allow us to work closely with the client from the beginning of the process to the end. Projects like this one allow ONTILITY and its value-added partners to design and deliver a complete and high profile solar and energy efficiency greenovation project,” stated Thomas Pash, ONTILITY’s President and CEO.

About the Project

Solar PV System Description: The Smith & Associates project will feature four separate industry-leading PV systems, utilizing a variety of proven and emerging solar PV technologies. The project will include a 47kW solar car parking structure using Sanyo 195W bifacial modules. Also incorporated in the project is a 30kW Lumeta Power Ply PV module system, a 25kW SoloPower thin film module system and a 36kW Schuco PV module system featuring Cooper Arista racking. To convert the DC electricity to AC electricity, the solar PV systems will connect to industry-leading inverters, including two (2) 3-phase 12kw Fronius IG Plus inverters, two (2) 3-phase Advanced Energy 30kW inverters, and one (1) 3-phase Advanced Energy 50kW inverter. Lastly, the project will feature DECK monitoring and ONTILITY’s custom solar car parking structure. To maximize the solar power production and excess power, Smith & Associates is planning on teaming with Green Mountain Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of NRG Energy, by participating in the Renewable Rewards® Buy-Back Program.

Greenovation - Green Building: The complete project started with a comprehensive BPI energy audit to set the project baseline. A “test out,” or final energy audit to verify actual performance and savings, has also been completed. The Greenovation project features the following energy efficiency improvements: a brand new HVAC system and controls, LED parking lot lights, energy efficient HID exterior building lights, a new DOE approved white “cool roof” membrane with added insulation, and six dual station GE electric vehicle charging stations. Lastly, a Schuco solar thermal system was added to meet all of Smith & Associates’ hot water needs for employees and daily operations.

Smith and Associates Green and Sustainability Corporate Program: Smith & Associates has a green/sustainable corporate team that is focusing on making the entire global enterprise more sustainable as well as meeting the goal of becoming an energy neutral and zero waste company by 2020. Some initial components of the program include free monthly Electric Vehicles (EV) for contest winners, an improved recycling and reuse program, a company-sponsored and subsidized EV purchase program, and a company-sponsored and subsidized home solar PV power purchase and lease program. Smith is also providing free EV charging, both at its corporate HQ and at home, thanks to free GE EV residential charging stations.

About Smith & Associates

Founded in Houston in 1984, Smith & Associates ( is a leader in the independent distribution of semiconductors and electronic components to electronics and high-tech manufacturers. Smith offers shortage sourcing for commodity and obsolete parts, innovative purchasing and inventory management solutions, redistribution of excess inventory, and component stocking for warranty and repair programs.

A privately held company, Smith & Associates employs more than 300 people worldwide, with annual revenue in excess of US$400 million. Smith's regional hubs in Houston, Hong Kong and Amsterdam are ISO certified and IDEA compliant. In addition, sales and purchasing offices are located in Silicon Valley, Barcelona, Guadalajara, New York, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Seoul, Singapore, Taipei, and Denver. For more information or to reach a Smith representative 24 hours a day, please call: 1.800.HOUSTON or +1 713.430.3000

For more information, contact:

Mark Bollinger
Smith & Associates
V.P. of Marketing
+1 713.430.3000


ONTILITY is committed to Connecting the Last Mile of the Solar Industry. Learn Solar design & installation through our professional solar training. Buy Solar from our stocking warehouse of superior solar products at competitive prices. Enjoy Solar Business Success with our full range of partner support services, including engineering and design consulting, proposal support, sales and marketing programs, technology solutions, due diligence and financial support, lease programs, custom training, and project consulting. Team with us on residential, commercial and large scale Solar Solutions. ONTILITY brings you best-in-class solar business and project training, products, support, services, and solutions. For more information, please call or visit us: 877.558.7479 or

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Alexandra Harrison
Marketing and Strategic Accounts
+1 281.854.1400


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