Initiative Makes CU leader among Ohio Universities
CEDARVILLE, OHIO - Cedarville University will dedicate its large scale solar power system that will convert sunlight into clean, electricity to help meet the campus’ growing power requirements on Friday, April 26, at 1 p.m. The 2,154 kilowatt solar array was built on the southwest edge of the campus by Cincinnati-based Melink Corporation, which was responsible for the development, engineering, construction, and operation of the system.
Since the completion of the installation, power has been flowing directly into the University’s distribution system. This energy is capable of supplying, on average, 10% of Cedarville University’s demand, making it the largest solar system directly connected to a university in Ohio.
In announcing the dedication, Steve Melink, President of Melink Corporation said, “Melink is proud to serve as the developer for this very significant solar array. We would like to acknowledge our partners; U.S. Bancorp, Union Bank & Trust Company, DP&L Energy, Yellow Springs Renewable Energy, TMI Electric, and the Village of Cedarville, who provided tremendous support. It is our hope that this success will inspire other schools and universities to consider clean and affordable renewable energy solutions.”
“Congratulations to Cedarville University and Melink Corporation for making this dream a reality,” said Tom Marchael, Vice President of Union Bank & Trust Company. “This is a fine example of a public-private initiative to benefit the University and community.”
Cedarville University has been using solar technology in its academic curriculum for many years. Engineering faculty have incorporated the technology to advance missions-minded projects in Liberia and throughout the world, while the University’s engineering students have won six World Solar Splash boat competitions.
“The completion of the solar array is significant for Cedarville University, as well as the Southwest Ohio region,” said John E. Gredy, Ed.D., Provost. “This project reflects the University’s commitment to implementing new initiatives that will strengthen our Christ-centered education. I’m happy to know Cedarville University has taken the initiative to lead in renewable energy among Ohio universities.”
“The wisdom of the University’s leadership to address renewable energy is encouraging,” said Robert Fudge, Mayor of the Village of Cedarville. “This is a great day for our region.”
Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University attracts 3,400 undergraduate, graduate and online students to more than 100 areas of study. Celebrating 125 years, Cedarville is a Christ-centered learning community recognized nationally for rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings. Visit www.cedarville.edu.
Melink Corporation is committed to sustainability and provides energy savings for their customers through HVAC commissioning services, demand ventilation controls for commercial kitchens and solar power projects. The company's headquarters is a LEED Platinum, Net Zero Energy facility designed to demonstrate that sustainability is good business. With full in-house development, design and implementation capabilities, Melink is a leading solar PV integrator of commercial projects.
The Melink Corporation developed, integrated and, with support from PNC Energy Capital, now operates a ground-mount solar photovoltaic array for Urbana University to help them reduce operational costs and reduce their reliance on non-renewable energy sources. Construction began in October 2012 and the system was commissioned in November 2012.
Located on the southwest edge of campus near the football and soccer stadium in Urbana, Ohio, the array consists of 2,128 solar photovoltaic modules which contribute approximately 15% of the school’s energy needs. Most important to the university is that the array serves as a visible example of the school’s commitment to sustainability.
Melink Corporation has partnered with Sonlight Power to help provide low-cost solar panels to rural communities in Mexico where there is no electric grid.
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Therefore, they have no lights, refrigerators, radios, TV's, and other basic appliances other than those powered by batteries or kerosene.
Sonlight Power plans and organizes these trips throughout Latin America to not only improve the quality of lives from a practical standpoint, but also from a faith-based perspective.
Melink is proud to work with SLP and make safety, health, comfort, and education for impoverished lives a part of its broader vision for a sustainable world.
Sec. of State Jon Husted will visit Melink for a tour and to award an Ohio Business Profile Commendation.
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March’s Ohio Business Profile features companies throughout the state that are bringing in the green to Ohio – both in economic activity and their commitment to the environment.
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Richard Bailey, Vice President of Business Development, has been promoted to Chief Sales Officer.
Darren Witter, a 16-year veteran of Melink, has been promoted to Vice President of Operations.
Melink Intelli-Hood beat out 10 global competitors to win the AHR Expo 2012 Product of the Year at the conference in January.
Melink won the AHR Expo 2012 Innovation Award under the Ventilation category for Intelli-Hood demand ventilation controls.
Join Steve Melink and other leaders in Cincinnati for a panel discussion on "Energy Management: It's the Economics" on November 9th at Cincinnati State Technical & Community College.
Join Steve Melink on November 1st at PEDCO for a discussion on cost savings through people and buidling automation. Steve's presentation, "The Art & Science of Net-Zero Energy Planning, Implementation, and Verification," begins at 8:30am. RSVP by October 28, 2011 to Cathy Reeve @ 513.782.4920 or email@example.com.
On Saturday, October 22, the Ohio Environmental Council awarded Melink the Green Jobs & Innovation Award at their 2011 Green Gala in Columbus, Ohio.
Thousands of decision-makers from a wide cross section of industries will convene in Toronto next week for Canada’s leading manufacturing event, the Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show 2011. Steve Melink will speak on our net-zero energy corporate headquarters.
Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality Nancy Sutley visited Melink for a roundtable with some of the region's top companies.
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Melink Corporation’s Prius Fleet has been designated as an “Ohio Green Fleet” by Clean Fuels, winning the highest five-star rating.
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Steve talks about how Melink is a more strategic and competitive company because of our energy independence.
"We had an industrial age, a flight age, a space age, an Internet age, and I think we are now in an energy age," says Steve Melink, with the business model to prove it.
“We make a very strong effort to look at suppliers who share common ideals and objectives with us,” said Steve Hagen, director of national procurement, Fresh & Easy, a division of U.K.-based Tesco, during a session on “green sourcing” at the Natural Products Expo West in California. Read more
The brutal heat is cooling off the energy bill this summer at the Cincinnati Zoo thanks to the Melink Solar Canopy. Read more and see the video!
Harvard University facilities department was so impressed with the Melink Intelli-Hood after a one-year pilot, they've installed the system in every kitchen on campus. Read more
Generating 20% of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens' energy needs, the Melink Solar Canopy dedication took place in front of 150 guests. Speakers included United States Senator Rob Portman and Assistant Treasury Secretary for Management Dan Tangherlini. Read more and see the video!
This Spring, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden visitors will be greeted by the largest publicly accessible, urban solar array in the country - a 1.56 megawatt system with 6,400 panels installed on a canopy structure over the Zoo's Vine Street Parking Lot. Read More / See the Video!
The Environmental Law and Policy Center reports that 106 Ohio companies are engaged in the renewable energy supply chain - including the Melink Corporation. Read More
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