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Pinellas Park company relies on solar energy

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At Poly Pack in Pinellas Park, Olivier Cerf, the vice president of operations, builds shrink wrap machines.

"Within three to four days, this machine will be complete," he said.

The company relies almost 100 percent on solar energy.

"We had to do our own research. We installed four panels at first to see what they could produce," said Emmanuel Cerf, the vice president of marketing and sales.

The family-run operation found solar energy was a cost-effective way to do business.

The company installed more than 1,000 solar panels, which capture the sun's energy. It's then transported into the plant where it is used on a daily basis.

"During the day, Monday through Friday, we use a little bit more than we can produce. But we are closed on Saturday and Sunday so we use that energy," Olivier Cerf said.

The city of Pinellas Park is excited. They hope others follow Poly Pack's lead.

"This is going to be a great promotional tool for other business, that we may reach out and say, ‘look what can be done here in Pinellas Park,' " said Assistant City Manager Doug Lewis.

Poly Pack said they have been working on a green business model since they first opened 50 years ago. The machines they build help reduce packaging waste too.

"If our equipment is going to be efficient and reduce the carbon foot print out there, so should the equipment," said Emmanuel Cerf.

Going green cost the company $800,000. They said it is a small price to pay to help the environment.

"Our facility will be able to reduce 300 tons of carbon a year. That is huge for a small installation like ours," said Emmanuel Cerf.

The company projects they will be able to pay for the solar installations with the money they have saved in five years.

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