Vazquez announces nearly $120,000 solar grant for DiSorb factory

PHILADELPHIA, March 16 – State Rep. Emilio Vazquez, D-Phila., today announced a $119,925 state grant toward the purchase and installation of solar energy panels at the DiSorb Systems Inc. factory at 1800 W. Indiana Ave. in north Philadelphia.

DiSorb, which makes medical waste treatment products, is a certified service-disabled veteran-owned small business.

"It was my great pleasure to recommend DiSorb Systems for a Pennsylvania solar grant application to install a solar panel system on its factory. DiSorb Systems has been operating in a distressed neighborhood in my district since 2006. The company has a strong history of supporting the north Philadelphia community, and a majority of its employees are residents of the local community," Vazquez said.

"The company is growing and plans to continue hiring local residents. DiSorb also participates in the Philadelphia PREP program, which hires returning citizens. The company also coordinated a 2016 expungement fair that helped honorably discharged veterans expunge arrest and conviction records. DiSorb is also a strong supporter of the Philadelphia Police Department and participated in a city program to install outdoor CCTV cameras, which detectives have used to help solve crimes."

Vazquez helped to secure the state solar grant through the Commonwealth Financing Authority. The company will provide the same amount in matching funds. The solar panels are expected to produce 168,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, providing about 95 percent of the factory's energy use.