UPS Installs Rooftop Solar Array at Lakewood Facility
The solar power system in New Jersey is of 250 kilowatt (kW) and produces around 270,000 kW hours of electricity annually that provides nearly 30 percent of the building's annual energy needs.
The solar array installed is the first that the firm has planned in a series to increase its reliance on renewable energy. As it reduces the firm's dependence on the local electric grid, the firm is planning to install the solar array's at the other facilities.
The Lakewood solar installation was custom-designed and will be owned and operated by UPS, as it saves engineering and construction costs.
The New Jersey solar facility and an existing UPS solar facility in Palm Springs, California together reduces 161 metric tons of CO2 emissions annually.
The facility uses a system consisting of 1,036 solar panels, or 62,160 individual photovoltaic cells, installed on the facility's roof space. It utilizes light from the sun during the day and saves the power in the public energy grid.
The electricity saved is used when the package sorting operations take place at night. The firm took advantage of New Jersey's net metering rules that offered compensation for generating additional power during the day and selling it back to the utility.
UPS has its own rooftop solar farm at its Regional Air Hub at the Cologne-Bonn airport in Germany, apart from solar facilities in California and New Jersey, which is commissioned and operated by the airport. It produces up to 1.2 million kWh of electricity.
Since 2007, the firm has upgraded nearly 70,000 lighting fixtures at more than 200 facilities that saved more than 25 million kilowatt hours. It continued a wide range of socially responsible and sustainable business practices that enhances to reduce its impact on the environment and improve communities around the world.
Scott Wicker, chief sustainability officer of UPS, said: â€œUPS is always investigating new and innovative ways to power and improve the efficiency of its facilities that also demonstrate a meaningful return on investment. Clean, renewable energy is just one of the ways we operate more efficiently.
â€œThe 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. At night, when we're sorting the packages, we will draw from the grid the energy needed to power the facility.â€
UPS offers a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business.
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