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Live: Watch a Machine Shop Make Energy

With an acre of solar panels on the roof, this shop generates 40 percent of its own electricity needs. An online display shows the power-generation data in real time.

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Quabbin Inc. is a 17-employee Massachusetts machining business that obtains 40 percent of its electricity needs from an acre of photovoltaic panels (solar panels) on the roof of its facility. Live, current electricity production data for the Quabbin facility can be seen in this real-time display.

The company installed the 1,100-panel, 220-kilowatt photovoltaic system in 2010. It says the total carbon dioxide offset of this step is the equivalent of what it would otherwise take nearly 8,000 trees to absorb. Read about the shop’s other environmental practices on its website.