Solar

1.6-MW Solar System Being Built at Merck Headquarters

By the end of 2008, the world headquarters of Merck & Co., Inc. in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey will have one of the largest ground-mounted solar power tracking systems in the eastern half of the United States.

A 1.6-megawatt (MW) SunPower solar tracking power system, comprising approximately 7,000 solar panels, will cover seven acres of Merck’s 1,000-acre site. The system will be owned and operated by UTC Power, which will supply solar power to Merck under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA). UTC Power also will own, and be free to trade, the Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs) and other environmental attributes associated with the system.

The solar power system will supply up to 7 percent of Merck’s electrical energy needs at its headquarters, where approximately 2,800 people work. Construction began this month and the system will be operational by the end of 2008. The project will be among the largest of its type at any corporate setting in the country.