C&I, Solar

CCEF, Staples and SunEdison Install Solar PV System

The 433-kilowatt DC commercial solar photovoltaic (PV) system that has the capacity to produce enough energy to power 14 percent of Staples’ retail distribution center in Killingly, Connecticut, was recently unveiled.

The solar power installation, which covers nearly 74,000 square feet of roof space on the 300,000-square-foot center, was built at no capital cost to Staples. It was made possible through the collaborative efforts of Staples with the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF) and SunEdison. CCEF provided a $1.7 million grant for the project, and SunEdison, which financed the remaining costs of the project, designed and installed the system. “This is a milestone for the local community and for solar in Connecticut,” said Jigar Shah, CEO of SunEdison. “Staples, which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ranked as the fourth largest purchaser of green power among retailers, is a shining example of a national business leader making a positive impact on our climate,” said Connecticut State Senate President Pro Tempore Donald E. Williams, Jr. (D-Brooklyn). “This new solar installation is exactly what we are talking about when we urge public-private partnerships to address our energy needs. We need more of these initiatives.” “The solar power system installed at our Killingly distribution center is part of Staples’ integrated strategy for a seven percent reduction in the company’s U.S. carbon emissions by 2010 on an absolute basis, starting from a base year of 2001,” said Mark Buckley, vice president of environmental affairs, Staples, Inc.