KEASBEY, N.J. — Wakefern Food Corp., owned by ShopRite store operators, and NJR Clean Energy Ventures announced that they began work on the installation of a rooftop solar system at a Wakefern distribution center here.
The 2.4-megawatt solar system will supply power to a refrigerated warehouse, helping lower Wakefern’s long-term electricity costs and its greenhouse gas emissions. The solar array is expected to produce nearly 2,900,000 kilowatt hours annually, eliminating 2,000 metric tons of carbon-equivalent emissions from the atmosphere. This equates to removing the carbon dioxide emissions produced by approximately 390 vehicles.
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NJRCEV, Wall, N.J., will invest $6.9 million to develop and install the solar array across the 300,000 square feet of rooftop. The system will be installed by Advanced Solar Products, Flemington, N.J., and is expected to be operational by Dec. 31.
“Wakefern has been committed to reducing its impact on the environment for more than thirty years,” said Joe Sheridan, president and chief operating officer, Wakefern, in a statement. “Generation of renewable energy is a natural next step in our commitment to sustainable business practices. We are delighted to partner with NJR Clean Energy Ventures to bring the power of solar energy to our perishable warehouse in Keasbey.”
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