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April 10, 2009

Largest Rooftop Solar System in U.S. Opens in New Jersey

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Roof-mounted solar array in Atlantic City has 2.4 megawatts peak capacity

[Also published at CleanTechnica] When I think of Atlantic City, New Jersey I think of blackjack tables, roulette wheels, boardwalks and the Miss America Pageant (even though the latter is now in Vegas). Now I’ll have to add solar panels to that list

The Atlantic City Convention Center can now lay claim to North America’s largest single roof-mounted solar array. The 13,400 modules on the roof of the convention center were manufactured by the Chinese company, Trina Solar (NYSE:TSL). The project, which provides approximately 2.4 MW at peak capacity, or, the equivalent energy needs of 280 American homes.

The installation in Atlantic City was made possible by a bevvy of New Jersey state renewable energy incentives including a property tax exemption, renewable energy certificates (RECs), sales tax exemption, and a New Jersey renewables portfolio standard (RPS) that mandates a minimum of 2% solar by 2020.

The panels will produce roughly one quarter of the building’s energy and will provide the convention center with energy savings of approximately $4.4 million over 20 years.

Image: Pink Dispatcher via flickr

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