JERSEY GARDENS COMPLETES THE LARGEST ROOFTOP SOLAR PANEL PROJECT IN NORTH AMERICA

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JERSEY GARDENS COMPLETES THE LARGEST ROOFTOP SOLAR PANEL PROJECT IN NORTH AMERICA

ELIZABETH, NJ—February 9, 2012—Mayor J. Christian Bollwage announced the completion of a 4.8-megawatt SunPower rooftop solar system at Jersey Gardens. The project, which is among the largest rooftop systems in North America, broke ground in June 2011 and began producing power this week.

“Elizabeth has been living and building sustainably in ways that benefit the community and the economy, while helping to preserve the environment for our residents and future generations,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “This solar program reduces costs by providing Jersey Gardens with a clean, less expensive alternative energy source. This produces significant savings for the mall and shoppers alike.”

The project consists of more than 15,000 high efficiency SunPower panels, and generates approximately the amount of power required for 564 New Jersey homes. It is expected to generate the equivalent of 11 percent of the mall’s electrical demand. 

“To ensure a viable future, Jersey Gardens has taken a role in continuing the City of Elizabeth’s Go Green initatives,” said Councilman Manny Grova. “These new solar panels represent a tangible symbol of commitment to the environment.”

According to Jersey Gardens, the solar system was designed and installed by SunPower Corp., which will also operate and maintain the system. The system uses the SunPower®T5 Solar Roof Tile, which is the solar industry’s first non-penetrating rooftop product that combines a high-efficiency SunPower solar panel, frame and mounting system into a single, pre-engineered unit. Tilted at a 5-degree angle, the system will approximately double the energy generated per square meter compared to other systems that are mounted flat onto commercial rooftops.

The City of Elizabeth has also proposed the incorporation of solar panels in municipally-owned buildings, promoting green planning and cost efficiency. Integrating eco-friendly construction and development will reduce overall energy costs, create green jobs and benefit the environment as a whole.

As part of the City’s GO-GREEN initiative, the municipality is focusing on harnessing natural resources to incorporate pro-active environmental measures and produce renewable energy.  

Through the utilization of natural resources, the City of Elizabeth can harness its own energy and begin relying less on conventional providers.  As growth and expansion continues, this effort will greatly assist in addressing energy price volatility and overall cost effectiveness.

Jersey Gardens,which was the site of a former landfill, was developed by Glimcher Realty Trust in 1999 and is New Jersey’s largest outlet mall.