Merck & Co., Inc. Fires Up 1.6-Megawatt Solar Project at New Jersey Headquarters
April 20, 2009
Merck & Co., Inc. announced its new photovoltaic system, made up of nearly 7,000 solar panels, is complete and operating at company headquarters in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, about 50 miles east of Jersey City. The system employs one of the largest ground-mounted solar tracking systems in a corporate setting.
The 1.6-megawatt solar array is spread out over 7.5 acres and is expected to generate 2.5 million kilowatt hours of energy per year, which is about 7 percent of the electricity required at the Merck site. The company says the project will avoid emissions of more than 1,200 tons of carbon dioxide annually, which is about the same as taking 200 cars off the road per year.
The system is owned and operated by Dome-Tech, Inc., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation, which will supply solar power to Merck under a 20-year purchase agreement. The project took advantage of financial initiatives offered by the New Jersey Clean Energy Program, tax credits issued by the U.S. Federal Solar and Renewables Tax Credit Program, and support from the Readington Township Planning Board.
Governor Jon Corzine said that he applauds Merck's efforts and the private sector project "is a fine complement to our own energy master plan initiatives that are securing and strengthening the Garden State's energy future." Merck received the Green & Sustainable Energy award from the Hunterdon County Planning Board in recognition of the project.
The New Jersey Clean Energy Program promotes increased energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy through financial incentives, programs, and services for residential, commercial, and municipal customers. The program is administered by the Office of Clean Energy, which was established by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities in 2003.
To read more about renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in New Jersey, see:
- New Jersey news published on the EERE Web site.
- Brief project descriptions from the New Jersey Energy Office published in the EERE State Energy Program newsletter, Conservation Update.
- New Jersey publications listed in the EERE State Publications Database.