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New Jersey Toys “R” Us is Building the Largest Solar Roof in the United States

Posted By Timon Singh On May 11, 2011 @ 4:10 pm In Renewable Energy,Solar Power | 1 Comment

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It seems like Geoffrey the Giraffe has eco-sensibilities — Toys “R” Us [1] has just announced that it will team up with Constellation Energy Group Inc. (CEG) [2] to build the largest U.S. rooftop solar-energy project at a company distribution center in New Jersey [3]. The mega-solar roof will boast 37,000 solar panels creating an epic 5.38-megawatt project. According to a statement from Toys “R” Us released today, the system is expected to meet about 72 percent of the Flanders-based center’s power needs.

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“The unprecedented scope of this project furthers our already strong commitment to sustainability in our operations,” said Chairman and CEO of Toys “R” Us, Inc., Jerry Storch. “New Jersey’s leadership in providing renewable, clean energy opportunities for companies has helped pave the way for an installation of this size and underscores the state as a champion for solar energy growth across North America.”

The solar rooftop system will be the largest on a single building when complete, overtaking SunPower Corp [4]’s 4.8-megawatt array that’s being built on top of Glimcher Realty Trust (GRT) [5]’s Jersey Gardens mall. The solar roof is also expected to reduce the company’s carbon footprint by an estimated 4,569 tons.

Perhaps the company should change its slogan to “I don’t want to burn fossil fuels, I’m a Toys “R” Us kid!”

+ Toys “R” Us [1]

via Treehugger [6]

Image © PSNH [7]


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URLs in this post:

[1] Toys “R” Us: http://www.toysrus.co.uk/

[2] Constellation Energy Group Inc. (CEG): http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/quote?ticker=CEG:US

[3] New Jersey: http://topics.bloomberg.com/new-jersey/

[4] SunPower Corp: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/quote?ticker=SPWRA:US

[5] Glimcher Realty Trust (GRT): http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/quote?ticker=GRT:US

[6] Treehugger: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/05/largest-us-solar-rooftop-toys-r-us-new-jersey.php?campaign=th_rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+treehuggersite+%28Treehugger%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

[7] PSNH: http://www.flickr.com/photos/psnh/

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