Solis Partners adds to supermarket PV project

Solis Partners LLC has announced the completion of the fourth of six installations for Norkus Enterprises, operator of Foodtown supermarkets across Monmouth and Ocean counties in New Jersey.  The combined system will be one of America’s largest Solyndra™ solar photovoltaic (PV) systems.

January 13, 2010–Solis Partners LLC has completed the fourth of six installations for Norkus Enterprises, operator of Foodtown supermarkets across Monmouth and Ocean counties in New Jersey.  The combined system will be one of America’s largest Solyndra™ solar photovoltaic (PV) systems.

The systems consist of approximately 2,700 Solyndra solar panels, producing more than 600,000kWh of electricity and eliminating more than 820,000 pounds of CO2 emissions annually.  Solis says the system’s ability to cover more rooftop area and capture more light than traditional flat-plated panels will result in more annual solar electricity generation and will provide clean, low-cost power for more than 25 years.

The Solyndra panels are designed to optimize solar electricity production on commercial rooftops.  The panels employ cylindrical modules, which capture sunlight across a 360-degree photovoltaic surface capable of converting direct, diffuse, and reflected sunlight from the rooftop into electricity.  The lightweight, non-penetrating system achieves more than a 130 mph wind rating, since the panels allow wind to blow through them.  These factors, say Solis, enable the installation of solar PV on a broader range of rooftops without traditional anchoring or ballast required with flat-plated panels. 

“Over the past year, we studied our use of electricity throughout our six Foodtown locations and worked with Solis to develop the best method to becoming a more environmentally friendly company,” says Mark Norkus, vice president of Norkus Enterprises.  We are very pleased with the results and are happy that Norkus is leading the charge to switch to renewable energy in our industry.”

 

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