Solar

1.6-MW Solar Energy System Activated at Merck World Headquarters

One of the largest ground-mounted solar tracking systems built in a corporate setting is now helping to power the world headquarters of Merck & Co. Inc. With construction complete on the 1.6-MW system, nearly 7,000 solar panels are tracking the sun to generate 2.5 million kilowatt hours of energy per year.

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. The system employs SunPower solar tracking technology.

“Supporting the use of clean, reliable solar power is good for our environment and makes good business sense,” said Richard Clark, Merck’s chairman, president and CEO. “This project is consistent with Merck’s ‘going green’ efforts to reduce our environmental footprint and to promote greater efficiency in our use of natural resources.”

The system at Merck is owned and operated by Dome-Tech, Inc., a subsidiary of Carrier Corporation, a unit of United Technologies Corporation, which will supply solar power to Merck under a 20-year purchase agreement. The project was made possible through financial initiatives offered under the New Jersey Clean Energy Program, tax credits issued by the U.S. Federal Solar and Renewables Tax Credit Program, and support from the Readington Township Planning Board.