Avidan Management unveils 2.2 MW solar power installation at 180 Raritan Center Parkway in Edison, N.J.20. June 2012 | By: Avidan Management
Avidan Management unveiled a large-scale solar power project on Thursday at 180 Raritan Center Parkway in Edison, N.J.
Edison Mayor Antonia Ricigliano and officials from PSE&G’s Solar Loan Program joined Avi Avidan, managing member of Avidan Management, and Josh Avidan, member of Avidan Management, for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the 350,000-square-foot dry and freezer storage facility.
Consisting entirely of American-made materials, the 2.2-megawatt solar electrical system will, over its lifespan, reduce carbon emissions by 48,573 tons, and will service more 90 percent of the facility’s power needs. The energy savings produced by the system will be equivalent to planting more than 1.9 million trees. Looking at it another way, the solar production that will be generated by the system will be enough energy to power more than 235 homes.
The installation is part of PSE&G’s Solar Loan Program, which makes solar energy systems accessible to building and facility owners in PSE&G’s electric service territory. The program is designed to encourage the development and installation of clean, renewable energy technologies throughout New Jersey.
"I'd like to congratulate Avidan Management on the completion of this impressive solar power installation, which is an important part of the Township of Edison's effort to become a more sustainable place to live and work," stated Mayor Ricigliano.
In addition to the solar installation, Avidan recently completed a number of other upgrades at 180 Raritan Center Parkway including re-insulating refrigeration piping, repainting the building’s exterior, replacing dolly pads for the warehouse and retrofitting the lobby with LED lighting. The company also installed automation controls on the facility’s freezer units, which will result in significant reductions in energy usage and operating costs.
“Avidan is wholeheartedly committed to providing our tenants with the best-in-class properties and the installation of energy-efficient improvements is a major part of adhering to that vision,” said Avi Avidan, Managing Member of Avidan Management. “Thanks to our partnerships with PSE&G and Solar Nation, we are able to complete this project, which will provide tremendous savings for our tenants as well as promote sustainability measures in the state.”
Set on 16 acres, the 180 Raritan Center Parkway has up to 28,800 square feet allocated for office space and features reinforced concrete floors, 24-foot to 18-foot clear ceiling heights, 24 exterior doors with dock levelers and ample on-site parking.
The building is conveniently located in the center of Raritan Center near Interchange 10 of the New Jersey Turnpike, Route I-287, Route 440, and allows easy access to the Garden State Parkway.
Largely used by companies involved in the storage of dry and frozen foods, the building’s tenant roster includes Rema Foods/Jacobson Companies, Cross Docks Solutions LLC, Broadrange Technologies and Prima Group, Inc. Currently, approximately 1,271 square feet of space is available for lease.
This project is the second solar installation for which Avidan has partnered with PSE&G. Last year, the company completed a 4.26-megawatt solar electric system at 145 Talmadge Road, a refrigerated distribution facility in Edison, N.J. Consisting of 17,745 solar panels, the system was the largest rooftop-mounted solar panel installation to have been completed in the entire country at the time. In the first month after installation, the system reduced electrical costs by 70 percent at the building.