Jordache Joins Jersey Rooftop Solar Parade

Anywhere else, the announcement of a project that will ultimately put hundreds of thousands of square feet of thin-film solar laminates on a rooftop, capable of producing 2.3 megawatts (MW) of electricity, would be a big deal. In New Jersey, meh, it’s a medium deal.

This new project is planned for the distribution center and warehouse of Jordache Enterprises in South Plainfield. Phase 1 of the two-phase project – installation of 400,000 square feet of the building-integretated solar laminates, with a generating capacity of 1.3 MW – will begin soon, and completion is expected this summer, according to Uni-Solar, maker of the thin-film material.

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No word on when Phase 2 will happen, but when it does the Jordache facility will have a solar installation about half the size of the biggest ones in New Jersey.  As we reported, in early January, Solar Power announced it would build a 5 megawatt (MW) capacity system in Cateret that it said would be “the largest of its type in the nation. Later in the month came word of a 4.8 MW system set for a mall in Elizabeth. Then came the announcement of a 17-acre, 4.26 MW installation in Edison.

Why all these big projects in New Jersey? A demanding renewable energy portfolio standard partly explains it, and the state also has a strong solar renewable energy certificate program.

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.