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Pep Recognizes Hargrove for Environmental Effort and Names Perkins Fendley President of Board of Directors

Apr 27, 2017

On Thursday, April 20, 2017, Hargrove Engineers + Constructors was awarded the Partners for Environmental Progress (PEP) Environmental Stewardship Award. In addition, Hargrove’s own vice president of Project Controls + Estimating, Perkins Fendley, PE, was welcomed as the president of the board of directors for PEP.

“It is an honor to serve as the president of the board of directors for this organization,” said Fendley. “PEP represents an important link in our community between business and industry and the preservation of the unique natural resources we enjoy here on the Gulf Coast.”

The winning Environmental Stewardship project, an EPC Solar Array, was led by David Hock, PE, and Fred Robertson, PE and vice president of EPC Services for Hargrove. The Alabama Municipal Electric Authority (AMEA) retained Hargrove to install a 50-kilowatt solar array at AMEA’s new corporate office building in Montgomery. The project was designed for two initiatives: to meet the power demands of AMEA’s new building and to serve as a pilot project for studying the effectiveness of modular unit solar power generation for AMEA’s member systems and their customers. Hargrove teamed with AMEA to install a 160-panel solar array capable of producing 50,400 watts of power.

“There is much interest in solar power among our clientele,” said Robertson. “Clients across our system are showing interest in sustainability, and this partnership with AMEA has enabled us to show the positive impact from an environmental and economic viability standpoint.”

The system is networked and utilizes standard software power tracking tools. Data collected from the pilot project will provide valuable information regarding actual solar production in Alabama and help AMEA and its 11-member public power utilities explore best practices for community solar parks.

PEP is a nonprofit association of 200+ business and education leaders who share the vision of applying science-based environmental best practices to business and community issues by promoting economic prosperity and environmental sustainability along the Gulf Coast.

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