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ATLANTA, GA (U.S.), November 12, 2020 – J.M. Huber Corporation and SolAmerica Energy announced today that construction is set to begin on a 1.8 megawatt (DC), ground-mounted solar array located at the Huber Engineered Materials (HEM) Fire Retardant Additives Marblehead facility in Quincy, Illinois. This effort is part of the state-administered Illinois Shines incentive program supporting the development of new solar energy generation throughout the state.

“This project supports Huber’s overall sustainability philosophy, which focuses on a Triple Bottom Line approach to balance People, Planet & Profit considerations when making critical business decisions. The Huber organization has an enterprise-wide goal of reducing energy and water use intensity and CO2 emissions by 10% by 2022,” Huber’s Executive Vice President of Environment, Health, Safety & Sustainability Don Young explains.  

SolAmerica has worked with Constellation, a leading competitive energy provider, to build, operate and maintain the solar array. Comprised of more than 4,900 photovoltaic panels, the solar array is expected to produce 2.4 million kilowatt hours of energy annually. According to estimates from the US Environmental Protection Agency, generating the same amount of electricity using nonrenewable sources would result in the release of nearly 1,700 metric tons of carbon dioxide, or the equivalent emissions avoided by removing more than 350 passenger vehicles off the road annually.

HEM will purchase the electricity generated by the array through a 15-year, fixed-rate solar power purchase agreement with Constellation. The fixed rate provides resiliency against price fluctuations over time.

Vice President of Solar at Constellation Brendon Quinlivan says, “Constellation is pleased to help J.M. Huber Corporation join the growing list of businesses nationwide electing to support the adoption of renewable energy through on-site, behind-the-meter solar projects. This clean energy solution will enable Huber to manage its costs and make a positive environmental impact in its community.”

“Though Huber has implemented smaller-scale solar projects in various locations, this is the organization’s first facility-sized solar array. The project is expected to provide approximately 65% of the facility’s power needs during daylight hours. This is a reflection of a broader initiative within HEM to lighten our environmental footprint globally, which includes the recently announced replacement of a coal-fired power plant in Germany to a new state-of-the-art energy-efficient gas-fire unit,” HEM President Dan Krawczyk says.


About J.M. Huber Corporation (www.huber.com)
J.M. Huber Corporation, headquartered in Edison, New Jersey (U.S.), operates a diverse portfolio of businesses: CP Kelco, Huber Engineered Materials, Huber Engineered Woods and Huber Resources Corp. With locations around the world, our businesses create products used in a broad range of applications including personal care, food and beverage, agricultural nutrients and adjuvants, building materials, flame retardants and smoke suppressants, as well as sustainable forestry services. Founded in 1883, Huber is one of the largest family-owned companies based in the U.S.

About Huber Engineered Materials (www.hubermaterials.com)
Huber Engineered Materials, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia (US), is a global business focused on engineered specialty ingredients that enhance the performance, appeal and processing of a broad range of products used in industrial, agricultural and consumer applications.  It has a portfolio of high value products: specialty alumina trihydrate, magnesium hydroxide, agricultural nutrients and adjuvants, molybdate compounds and industrial, food and USP grade calcium carbonate.

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