Dow Jones broke ground on June 21 on what is to be the largest solar installation in the company, a 4.1 megawatt colossus on Dow’s 200-acre corporate park in South Brunswick.
Praised by state and federal dignitaries as a crucial step by corporate America to help ease the country away from reliance on foreign energy sources, the installation is also expected to be one of the largest corporate solar structures in the country when it is completed next year.
When it opens the installation will feature 13,000 solar panels that are expected to generate at least 15 percent of the site’s power needs, and could generate as much as half under the right conditions.
The system is being installed by SunPower Corp., a San Jose-based solar firm with a regional office in Trenton that has several Fortune 500 clients, including AT&T, General Electric, and Sanyo. The installation is financed in part through PSE&G’s Solar Loan Program, through which PSE&G offers loans for solar power.
Dow Jones & Company (DJ), 4300 Route 1 North at Ridge Road, South Brunswick 08852; 609-520-4000; fax, 212-416-3014. Les Hinton, CEO. Home page: www.dowjones.com
Sun Power Corp. (SPWR), 700 South Clinton Avenue, Trenton 08611; 609-964-8900. Thomas Leyden, vice president. Home page: www.sunpowercorp.com