BP Solar Installs 275 kW Solar Energy System

In celebration of Earth Day, BP has built and is operating the largest solar field on the East Coast in Paulsboro, New Jersey. The 275 kW, four acre project is another step forward in the company’s efforts to facilitate productive reuse of a 130-acre former petroleum and specialty chemical storage and distribution facility located east of Philadelphia on the Delaware River.

Paulsboro, New Jersey – April 25, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] “Solar power is an excellent source of high-value clean electricity and building the largest East Coast solar field as part of this reuse initiative is an outstanding demonstration of a large-scale application,” said John Mogford, BP group vice president for Renewables and Alternatives. “This solar field represents a step forward for both our economy and our environment,” Corzine said. “The two go hand-in-hand. A cleaner environment can foster a more vibrant economy. Renewable Energy sources also help to reduce our dependence on foreign oil.” The Paulsboro solar power field produces an estimated 350,000 kWh per year in clean electricity, enough to power about 50 typical homes in the northeast. The solar power is generated by an array of 5,880 panels and provides up to 30 percent of the energy needed for environmental remediation equipment at the former terminal. Use of this solar power system is estimated to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 571,000 lbs./year, sulfur dioxide by 1,600 lbs./year, and nitrogen oxide by 1,100 lbs./year. The project is funded by BP with partial assistance from two programs geared toward environmental initiatives: the New Jersey Clean Energy Program that provides rebates up to 50 percent for New Jersey residents and corporations to install solar and other clean energy systems and the Virginia Alliance for Solar Energy (VASE), a program designed to foster solar projects in the Mid-Atlantic region. VASE is managed by the state of Virginia with funds from the US Department of Energy.

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