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More Warehouses Switch to Solar

Wednesday, November 28th 2012 4:16 PM
By GetSolar Staff.
More Warehouses Switch to Solar Just about any property is the United States would benefit for a solar energy installation, and that is especially true for warehouses considering how much energy an average facility uses. According to the utility company Madison Gas and Electric, the average U.S. warehouse requires approximately 7.6 kilowatt-hours of electricity annually to run, with energy costs typically responsible for about 15 percent of a warehouse's yearly budget. To reduce yearly electricity bills, warehouse operators across the country have adopted photovoltaic modules to power their facilities.

New Jersey Warehouses Adopt Photovoltaics
This month, Wakefern Food Corporation began installing a rooftop PV power system at its distribution center in Keasbey, located outside New York City. Progressive Grocer reported that once the New Jersey solar installation is completed later this year, it will be providing the refrigerated warehouse facility with about 2.9 million kilowatt-hours of energy annually. The project, which will cover 300,000 square feet of rooftop space at the facility, will eliminate approximately 2,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere.

"Wakefern has been committed to reducing its impact on the environment for more than thirty years," said Joe Sheridan, the organization's president and COO, according to Progressive Grocer.

Another New Jersey warehouse to use solar energy is the facility owned and operated by Yusen Logistics in Port Murray. The property is now getting some of its electricity from a ground-mounted PV installation featuring more than 6,200 solar panels. The 500-kilowatt project, spread out over 14,700 square feet, should create an estimated 650,000 kilowatt-hours of energy for the warehouse.

More Solar-Powered Warehouse Facilities
The new Skechers North American facility recently had a PV project installed, American Public Media reported. The California solar installation helps to keep the building as energy efficient as possible, lowering the capital needed to run the Moreno Valley warehouse that processes 21,000 shoe boxes every hour.

Across the country in Massachusetts, the Greater Boston Food Bank uses solar panels at its 117,000-square-foot facility, The Boston Globe reported. The photovoltaic equipment supplies the building with about 10 percent of its annual energy needs, helping to keep the warehouse's cold storage and freezer rooms at consistent temperature so that the organization can accept and donate raw and perishable food items.

"By making our Yawkey Distribution Center as energy efficient and environmentally friendly as possible, we can use more of our resources to help people who are hurting, especially since the increased need generated by the recession is not receding," Catherine D’Amato, The Food Bank’s President and CEO, said in a 2011 statement.

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