The largest ground-mounted solar power tracking system in the eastern United States is to be developed at the headquarters of Merck & Co., Inc.
Located in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, the project will have a 1.6 MW SunPower solar tracking power system, comprising approximately 7000 solar panels covering seven acres of Merck’s 1,000-acre site.
The system will be owned and operated by UTC Power, a United Technologies Corp. company, which will supply solar power to Merck under a 20-year power purchase agreement. UTC will also own, and be free to trade, the Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs) and other environmental attributes associated with the system.
The installation will supply up to 7% of Merck’s site electrical energy needs when it becomes operational by the end of 2008. It is estimated that the project will generate 2.5 GWh annually.
The project is being developed by Dome-Tech, Inc., a UTC Power company based in New Jersey, and the new system will be installed by SunPower under a turnkey contract with UTC.
Roger Humphrey, executive director, Merck Global Services said: ‘Supporting the use of clean, reliable solar power is consistent with our business mission. We also expect to realize energy savings by reducing the amount of electricity we need to purchase from the grid.’