Solaire Generation breaks ground on 4.1 MW solar parking lot project


The overall 4.1 megawatt (MW) solar power project is being built at a Fortune 100 corporate office campus in central New Jersey. The project is scheduled to reach completion by early next year.

The canopies, will support more than 11,350 high-efficiency solar panels and will cover about 1,350 parking spaces, according to the company. When complete, it says a total of 1.1 miles of canopies will support a photovoltaics (PV) power system, which will provide electricity equal to the annual consumption of more than 320 U.S. households.

"We’re thrilled to be part of such an important, large-scale project," said Laurence Mackler, CEO of Solaire Generation. "The solar potential of commercial parking lots is enormous and we look forward to helping more organizations take advantage of this form or renewable energy."

Solaire adds that it expects to build canopies supporting at least five MW of installed capacity by the end of the year.

In related news, REC Solar has announced it has been awarded a second contract to design and install a turnkey 2.9 MW solar electric carport-mounted system for the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS). Reportedly the largest of its kind in the U.S., the company says the installation adds to a 302 kW single-axis tracker mounted system that it is scheduled to complete for SAVAHCS this month.

After a competitive bidding process, REC Solar was awarded the new project as part of the Veterans Affairs’ commitment to utilizing renewable energy at their facilities. The combined PV systems will significantly offset energy demand from the local utility grid for the more than 900,000 square foot medical center – generating over 5,200,000 kWh annually, explains the company.

“Solar power is a natural fit for our home state. This installation offers a tremendous opportunity for Arizona, and acts as a model for the rest of America. It is becoming more and more evident that solar addresses some of the largest challenges we currently face, and SAVAHCS is proactively addressing these issues,” said Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords regarding Southern Arizona VA and REC Solar’s project.