Expansive solar roof to be constructed in New Jersey

Tuesday, July 19, 2011 @ 11:07 AM
posted by rene5432

A 25-acre solar roof is expected to be built at the Gloucester Marine Terminal in Gloucester City, New Jersey, eventually generating enough electricity to power approximately 1,500 homes in a given year.

According to a recent MSNBC report, SunPower has agreed to a contract that specifies the construction of a 1.1 million square-foot solar installation on the roof of the terminal, which is located on the Delaware River near the Walt Whitman Bridge.

The new solar installation will reportedly feature more than 27,000 photovoltaic rooftop solar panels manufactured by SunPower, which produces one of the most efficient solar cells in the world, the news source said.

In addition to powering the 1,500 homes, the generated electricity will reportedly be enough to supply 80 percent of the power needed by the terminal.

According to the Cherry Hill Courier Post, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities has said that the $42 million project will be the largest rooftop solar farm in all of North America.

The farm is reportedly funded through Dutch bank Rabobank and is eligible for federal and state tax initiatives, the news source said.

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