Solar Power Roof for New Jersey Market

May 01, 2004

Photo of a roof array of solar panels.

Credit: PowerLight Corporation

Whole Foods Market, a Texas-based organic and natural foods supermarket, has installed solar panels made by BP Solar on the roof of its Edgewater, New Jersey, store. "As a company committed to helping preserve our planet's natural resources, natural solar power made sense both from an economic and an environmental standpoint," said David Lannon, Whole Foods Market, northeast region president. "We plan to continue to investigate opportunities to install solar power in other northeast region stores."

Whole Foods Market, BP Solar, and SunEdison worked together to create a 120-kW solar electric system to provide more than 20% of the Edgewater store's power needs. The solar array, which covers 14,000 ft2 on the store's roof, turns the sun's free energy into usable power. The solar panels are electrically interconnected to Xantrex PV GTI series inverters, which feed high-quality AC power to the store's electrical system and to the utility grid at large.

The State of New Jersey offers rebates for businesses interested in installing solar panels. The state's Clean Energy Program allocates approximately $35 million per year for homeowners and businesses to install solar and other renewable energy systems. Solar energy now makes more sense than ever, and New Jersey is emerging as a global leader in clean energy.

Source: January 27 edition of