South New Jersey’s Lopatcong Township will soon become home to one of the largest net-metered solar PV plants in the United States. The new plant is a three-company collaboration led by engineering and construction company Gehrlicher Solar America Corp, developer and financier Solops, and energy generation company Marina Energy. The plant peaks at 13 megawatts, and the electricity generated will be purchased by next-door neighbor Berry Plastics, a packaging manufacturing company. The plant is expected to save an estimated 13,055 tons of carbon dioxide – the equivalent of taking 2,467 cars off the road – every year!
The plant’s ground-mounted system will consist of 44,270 solar panels and 20 inverters that are expected to produce 16,785,824 kWh annually. Because the installation is net-metered, Berry Plastics will be able to sell excess power from the panels back to the grid so that it can then be passed on to provide energy to surrounding businesses.
“We were pleased to partner with Marina Energy and Solops on this high quality project and thank Berry Plastics for their team’s work and enthusiasm in the planning and construction phases,” said Dr. Stefan Parhofer, CEO of Gehrlicher Solar America Corp, in a press release. “This project, which contributes to our 85 MWs of projects for 2013, solidifies our position as one of the leading solar specialist EPC companies in both New Jersey and across the Americas.”
The precise date of the plant’s completion has not yet been determined. Stay tuned to keep abreast of this coming development.