New Jersey warehouse unveils massive rooftop solar project
New Jersey warehouse unveils massive rooftop solar project Published 29 April, 2012 11:15:00 Living on Earth
The Gloucester Marine chilling facility at the Port of Philadelphia is where much of the nation's east coast produce arrives. (Photo courtesy of Independence Solar.)
The Gloucester Marine Terminal, a gigantic produce warehouse in New Jersey, has completed construction on the largest rooftop solar installation in America. The installation has drawn attention to the potential for more corporate rooftop solar projects.
The Gloucester Marine Terminal now boasts 25 acres of 9 MW solar panels on its rooftop.
It's the largest rooftop solar array in the country. It just opened and couldn't have been built at a better time.
Panel construction on the roof of the terminal came during a lull in solar power development. Solar power has been hit hard by the economic downturn and the growing supply of cheap natural gas. Recently, three of the biggest solar manufacturers announced large layoffs and cutback production. But as the Holt family, who own the terminal warehouses, learned, the situation is bright for one sector of the solar industry: corporate rooftop solar....