Largest US Solar Rooftop to Be Built on Toys R Us in New Jersey


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The Constellation Energy Group has announced plans to build what will become the largest solar rooftop project in the United States atop a Toys "R" Us distribution facility in New Jersey, according to Bloomberg. The project will use a healthy 37,000 solar panels, and will provide over 5 MW of power. Bloomberg has more:

Constellation will use 37,000 solar panels from Energy Conversion Devices Inc. (ENER) for the 5.38-megawatt project, Paramus, New Jersey-based Toys "R" Us said today in a statement. The system is expected to meet about 72 percent of the Flanders center's power needs.

The rooftop system would be the largest at a single building when complete, overtaking SunPower Corp. (SPWRA)'s 4.8-megawatt array that's being built on top of Glimcher Realty Trust (GRT)'s Jersey Gardens mall, according to the Solar Energy Industry Association.

Toys "R" Us has agreed to a 20-year contract to purchase the power, a move that is expected to lower the facility's carbon footprint by an estimated 4,569 tons.

This is yet another boost for distributed solar -- 5 MW of capacity is no joke (though the fact that even that won't power the entire distribution center is a reminder of how much scaling up there is yet to be done around the nation, how vast our energy demands are).

Rooftop solar just makes sense -- and as costs continue to tumble for photovoltaics (some analysts are optimistic that solar will hit cost parity with coal in less than a decade), such initiatives are bound to multiply.

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