Source: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems announcement

AVON, Ohio – From land or sky, you can’t miss the solar array at Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems’ manufacturing operation in Huntington, Ind. More than 2,600 panels are lined up in perfect rows, covering a large field next to Plant 1. And now, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has taken note of the 1.168-megawatt solar installation as well: DOE named the Bendix solar effort a 2022 Better Project Award winner in the department’s Better Plants Program.

Better Plants, part of DOE’s Better Buildings Initiative, works with leading manufacturers to boost their competitiveness through improvements in energy efficiency.

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Awards in the Better Plants Program honor partners’ innovative, industry-leading work in energy efficiency, water efficiency, emissions reduction, and waste reduction.

The Better Project Award acknowledges partners for outstanding accomplishments in implementing industrial energy, water, and waste projects at individual facilities.

“To be acknowledged by the Department of Energy is especially meaningful to us,” said Maria Gutierrez, Bendix director of corporate responsibility and sustainability. “We came on-line last August with the goal of reducing the company’s carbon footprint and, at the same time, generating cost savings.

“The installation is helping us do that – it’s satisfying about 30% of the energy needs at Plant 1, a massive manufacturing facility on the campus. In addition, it’s expected to decrease the Huntington operation’s carbon footprint by 19% and Bendix’s carbon footprint across North America by three percent. We’re pleased that our efforts have earned the respected distinction of a Better Project Award.”

The Department of Energy formally recognized Bendix and other Better Project Award honorees at this year’s Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit on May 18.

“Better Plants partners are combating the climate crisis through meaningful energy, water, and waste reduction efforts,” said Carolyn Snyder, deputy assistant secretary for energy efficiency at the U.S. Department of Energy. “The Better Plants Better Practice and Better Project awards highlight innovation in industrial sustainability and a willingness to share good ideas.”

This is the second year in a row that Bendix has received recognition in the Better Plants Program. Last year, Bendix earned a 2021 Better Practice Award for its Zero Waste to Landfill self-certification process.

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