Truliant Federal Credit Union completed a 742 panel solar installation on the roof of its new Hanes Mall Operations Center.
The former three-story Macy’s store at Hanes Mall was converted to create a new Operations Center for the credit union. It utilized 51,000-sq.-ft. of rooftop space—about the size of a football field—for the 352-kilowatt solar installation. The system is fully operational.
“Just as we work to be good stewards of our members’ finances, Truliant is committed to doing the same for our environment,” said Todd Hall, President and CEO of Truliant. “Rooftop solar panels are just one of several sustainability initiatives in place at our Operations Center that help to move corporate social responsibility forward locally.”
The system is estimated to produce 485,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) its first year. Using U.S. EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies, it will offset more than 740,000 pounds of carbon dioxide annually, equal to the carbon sequestered by 5,554 seedlings grown for 10 years.
Truliant has converted the former three-story Macy’s from a retail store to an Operations Center through a major adaptive re-use project. The solar project, a first at Hanes Mall, is the largest rooftop solar installation in Forsyth County. Truliant will utilize all of the power from the panels.
The installation is comprised of bifacial photovoltaic solar panels, which outperform traditional one-sided panels. Bifacial panels absorb sunlight and produce electricity from the front and the back of the panels to take advantage of reflected sunlight off the roof.
The project was installed by Renu Energy Solutions, a locally owned and operated solar installer based in Charlotte, N.C. Founded in 2010, Renu has completed more than 4,500 solar installations.
Additional sustainability measures at the Operations Center include a Building Management System designed to manage efficiencies; upgrades to LED lighting in interiors and parking lots; and high efficiency heating and cooling at the facility.
North Carolina ranks fourth nationally for total installed solar capacity, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). Solar accounted for 45% of all new electricity-generating capacity added to the U.S. grid through the third quarter of 2022, more than any other electricity source, according to SEIA.