Benjamin Moore 1.7 MW DC Solar Power System in Flanders, NJ
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How Solar Power Works for Benjamin Moore
Benjamin Moore’s product development and testing laboratories in Flanders, NJ host Constellation’s 1.7 megawatt solar installation. The company purchases the electricity generated by the renewable energy system under a 20-year power purchase agreement. The solar array is constructed on part of Benjamin Moore’s 90-acre campus and is one of the largest ground-mounted on-site behind the meter solar power systems in New Jersey.
- 1.7 MW DC ground mount and parking structure solar array
- 8,600 Evergreen 205 and 210 Watt crystalline photovoltaic solar panels
- 2,400,000 kilowatt hours of electricity anticipated to be generated annually
- 68 percent of the facility's annual electric consumption (estimated)
- 20-year power purchase agreement
- Commissioned December 2010
Why Benjamin Moore Chose Solar
The company first considered the volatility of the energy markets and decided on a strategy to aggressively hedge a large portion of their power needs through a 20-year power purchase agreement. Additionally as a chemical manufacturer, they wanted to be prepared for any future regulations on energy use and management that may impact their operations.
Benjamin Moore also has a very strong commitment to the environment. They contribute to and have actively worked with multiple environmental and wildlife conservation societies. Manufacturing takes from the earth, Benjamin Moore works to protect and restore it, actively taking steps at their facilities across the U.S. to reduce environmental impact.
Sound environmental management drives the company's business practices and charitable giving. Solar power system was developed at Benjamin Moore's Flanders facility to produce clean, renewable energy and provide abundant amount of safe and sustainable energy for both heat and power.
- The solar system produces more than 2.4 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually that, with non-renewable resources, would result in the release of more than 1,668 metric tons of carbon dioxide into the environment
- 1,668 metric tons of CO2 reduction is equivalent to:
- 327 passenger vehicles removed from the road each year
- Electricity use of more than 208 average American homes
- Emissions from approximately 69,519 propane cylinders used for home barbeques
- Benjamin Moore and Constellation worked closely with state and community authorities to ensure that the installation fully met regional open space and New Jersey's Department of Environmental Protection Highlands requirements, which were amended to accommodate the project.
Power Purchase Agreement
By financing this project through a 20-year power purchase agreement, Constellation required no upfront capital from Benjamin Moore and kept its power costs fixed at a lower than projected market rates.
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