Glimcher Realty chooses SunPower to build, maintain 4.8MW rooftop PV system in New Jersey

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Glimcher Realty Trust plans to develop what's being called the largest single-rooftop solar system in North America. The 4.8MW array will be built on the roof of the Jersey Gardens mall in Elizabeth, NJ, and will offset about 11% of the site's electrical consumption.

The power plant will be designed, installed, and maintained by SunPower, using its high-efficiency modules and T5 solar roof tile system. Installation is set to begin in February, with an expected completion date in August.

Glimcher entered into a power purchase agreement with Clean Focus; under the terms of the PPA, Clean Focus will finance and own the system, as well as all solar renewable energy credits (SRECs) and environmental benefits associated with the system. Jersey Gardens will buy the electricity at a predetermined, predictable price, which will provide a long-term hedge against rising power prices with no initial capital investment, the company said.

The project was made possible through Glimcher's partnership with green building firm Gerding Edlen Development and its subsidiary, Gerding Edlen Sustainable Solutions.

Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

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