Dow Jones Joins New Jersey Solar Rush

As of 2009, California had more solar power than any other state, according to the Interstate Renewable Energy Council. Number two on the list? Hard to believe, but it was New Jersey, where strong renewable portfolio requirements, net metering standards and a solar renewable energy certificate program have helped the state surpass 200 megwatts (MW) of installed solar capacity.

Few would understand the economic advantages of solar in the Garden State better than the folks at Dow Jones & Company, that essential cog in the capitalistic machine. So it’s no wonder the company is installing one of the country’s biggest systems ever at a commercial site. Work on the 4.1 MW project at the Dow Jones offices in South Brunswick, in central New Jersey, began in June and is scheduled to wrap up next spring.

Dow Jones solar installation, South Brunswich, New Jersey

image via Dow Jones & Company

Although closely associated with Wall Street, the Jersey site is Dow Jones’ largest, with nearly 2,000 people working at the 200-acre campus. The solar system going in will cover around 230,000 square feet of parking with 13,000 solar panels.

According to the company, it will produce 5 million kilowatt-hours of electricity every year. On the sunniest days, it will supply half the energy needs for the South Brunswick campus, which includes elements from nearly every Dow Jones operation from corporate to sales and marketing to news.

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Pete Danko is a writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Breaking Energy, National Geographic's Energy Blog, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere.