Pittsburgh, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] FedEx Ground announced plans to install one of the largest rooftop solar-electric systems in the U.S. at its distribution hub in Woodbridge, New Jersey. The solar power project is the third between a FedEx operating company and BP Solar and the fifth solar power project for FedEx.
The 2.42-megawatt (MW) system will cover approximately 3.3 acres of rooftop space with approximately 12,400 solar panels. When completed, the system will be capable of producing approximately 2.6 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity a year and could provide up to 30 percent of the hub’s annual energy needs.
As part of the agreement, BP will install and operate the solar power system and FedEx will purchase the power generated. Installation is scheduled to begin in August and expected to be completed by November.
“Our commitment to our customers and the communities in which we operate extends far beyond delivering packages on time and intact,” said David Rebholz, president and CEO of FedEx Ground. “While continuing to provide the stellar service expected from FedEx, we also want to identify and implement ways that we can reduce energy use and shrink our carbon footprint. This project is a giant step forward in those efforts.”
Last year, FedEx Freight installed two solar power systems. One in Whittier, California, is a 282-kW system, while another in Fontana, California, is a 269-kW system. In 2005, FedEx Express activated a 904-kW system at its Oakland, California, hub facility, making it the first of its kind in the FedEx family.