North Carolina Manufacturer Goes Solar

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Westar Precision Invests in Solar Energy as a Part of Long Term Growth Plans for N.C.

Southern Energy Management designed and installed a system that would help Westar produce enough solar energy to help offset a large portion of their needs

Irv Portman, president of the growing contract manufacturer Westar Precision, announced that the company is continuing investment in its North Carolina operations through substantial facility upgrades in solar powered energy.

Westar specializes in machinery component manufacturing for the aerospace, medical and alternative energy industries. Their 11,000 s.f. manufacturing facility, located near the Research Triangle Park in Apex, NC, has been equipped with a 130.8 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) system. The new system will help power operations at its North Carolina facility. The system was installed by Raleigh-based Southern Energy Management.

The decision to utilize solar energy is a part of the company’s overall strategy to make advanced manufacturing more cost competitive in the U.S. The move to expand manufacturing operations in North Carolina also speaks to a growing trend of “on-shoring” manufacturing business operations located overseas to take advantage long-term growth prognostics within the region.

The company has also retrained its local workforce to meet growing needs, deployed new equipment, and invested in renewable energy to reduce operational overhead.


“We’re making smart investments in cost management, and solar is a part of that strategy,” said Irv Portman, president of Westar.

“Offshore manufacturing made sense for a time, but the long term economics eroded. Our customers are global manufacturers who are greening their supply chains, which led us to utilize solar energy,” Portman continued.

“Southern Energy Management designed and installed a system that would help Westar produce enough solar energy to help offset a large portion of their needs,” stated Christian Bogue, a representative for Southern Energy Management.

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About WestStar Precision: WestStar Precision is a NC-based contract manufacturer specializing in rapid development and precision machining services for commercial, industrial and architectural applications. Westar Precision has been serving customers globally since 1996.

About Southern Energy Management: Southern Energy Management (SEM) is a North Carolina-based sustainable energy company offering energy efficiency, green building and turn-key solar services for homeowners, builders, and business owners across the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. SEM seeks to improve the way people make and use energy, while building a prosperous company that supports people and the planet. Founded in 2001, SEM is now consistently recognized as an industry leader in solar solutions.

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