The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Edison, New Jersey, campus has installed 4,788 photovoltaic panels which will generate enough electricity to power 45% of the campus’ electrical demand based on annual consumption.
“It is fitting that EPA lead by example in using renewable energy sources, and I’d like to see efforts like this expanded throughout NJ and the region,” said Pete Lopez, EPA Region 2 Administrator.
This project was contracted through the Defense Logistics Agency Energy, which provides the Department of Defense and other government agencies with comprehensive energy solutions.
The photovoltaic system was designed and constructed by Ameresco, Inc. The new system is rated at a peak capacity of 1.5 MW and is expected to produce a total of 2 million kWh of electricity in its first year of operation.
The system will operate in accordance with an interconnection agreement between the EPA and local utility, PSE&G.
During periods when the solar field is producing more energy than needed the excess power will flow to the PSE&G utility grid. PSE&G will then credit EPA for the excess photovoltaic power generated.