A leader in worldwide shipping, UPS has taken a further step into renewable energy with the completion of a 250kW rooftop solar power system at its Lakewood, New Jersey facility. Owned and operated by UPS, the solar system is projected to provide 30% of the building’s annual energy needs with the production of 270,000kWh of electricity.
The 70,000 square foot UPS site uses 1,036 solar panels, or 62,160 PV cells [CORRECTED], from Suniva. The project was funded in part by UPS’s use of New Jersey’s net metering rules, which are applicable to all residential, commercial and industrial customers of the state’s investor-owned utilities. The program tenders compensation for net excess generation, which works well for the logistics of the UPS operation.
“The nature of our operation means we use most of our energy at night, so during the day much of the electricity produced by this system will flow back to the grid to support the utilities peak,” said Scott Wicker, chief sustainability officer. “At night, when we’re sorting the packages, we will draw from the grid the energy needed to power the facility.”
UPS has created an interactive image demonstrating how the Suniva-powered solar installation works. Check out the simulation here.