Rooftop, Solar

NJ Homeland Security Center Gains 321-kW Solar PV System

The New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (NJ DMAVA) dedicated a 321-kilowatt solar electric power system atop the Homeland Security Center of Excellence in Lawrenceville, NJ. This is the second rooftop solar electric power system commissioned by NJ DMAVA to help reduce operating costs.

PowerLight, a subsidiary of SunPower Corporation, installed SunPower’s proprietary PowerTilt solar electric power system, which features 1,648 modular pre-engineered solar panels tilted at a 10-degree angle to maximize energy output.

With an annual output of more than 351,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year, the solar electric system is expected to save NJ DMAVA more than $90,000 annually in energy costs, and reduce its use of conventionally generated power by more than 25 percent.

In 2005, PowerLight completed the installation of a 181-kilowatt system on the Joint Training and Technology Development Center at Fort Dix. Together, these two systems represent the largest commitment to install solar power by a military agency on the East Coast.

“We’re delighted to incorporate clean, reliable and affordable solar power in our facilities and appreciate the funding support received from the National Guard Bureau. Solar makes sense for the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs because it diversifies our energy mix,” said Sr. Master Sgt. John Hastings, NJ DMAVA’s energy program manager.

“New Jersey has set ambitious targets for renewable energy use through 2020, and NJ DMAVA’s commitment to solar power makes it one of the leading agencies working to meet the state’s goals,” said David Eisenbud, PowerLight senior project development manager.