Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) Tuesday along with Edison Mayor Antonia Ricigliano, Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula, Josh Avidan from Avidan Management and others announced the completion of what is now the nation's largest rooftop-mounted solar panel system.
"I'm proud to have a facility like this in my district," said Pallone. "It's setting an example in New Jersey and across the country that transitioning away from fossil fuels towards renewable energy is not a pie in the sky ambition, but something that we're making real progress toward. The installation of these solar panels changed what could have been a high energy consuming facility into one of the greenest commercial buildings on the grid."
Avidan Management, the company behind the solar panel installation, is now eligible and will apply for a grant as part of the Recovery Act that will pay back a portion of the installation costs.
The grant program has facilitated rapid growth in solar panel manufacturing and installation in the past few years. So far, the program has supported roughly 45,000 U.S. jobs in the solar industry and supported the installation of approximately 2,023 solar energy systems.
"In the long-term, this project is helping to reduce the size of our carbon footprint for future generations. The immediate benefits of manufacturing and installing solar panels means that we're putting New Jerseyans back to work, which is vital to sustaining our economy," said Pallone.
The approximately 17,745 solar panels will produce more than 5 million kilowatt hours annually of clean, renewable energy. Additionally, the solar panels will reduce carbon emissions by 3,750 tons annually, would be equivalent to planting 3.5 million trees or taking nearly 1,000 SUVs off the road.