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Toys “R” Us Facility Getting Largest Solar Rooftop in U.S.

16/05/2011 Comments off

 


A Toys “R” Us distribution facility in New Jersey will soon be home to the largest solar rooftop installation in the country.  The huge installation will feature 37,000 solar panels producing 5.38 MW of power.

Toys “R” Us has entered into a 20-year power purchase agreement with the Constellation Energy Group — the builders of the project — and will meet 72 percent of the facility’s energy needs with the solar power system.  The facility’s carbon footprint will be reduced by 4,569 tons.

The project just surpasses another huge solar roof in progress on top of the Jersey Gardens mall that will have a capacity of 4.8 MW.  Go New Jersey!

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The Top 10 Solar States

03/05/2011 1 comment

A lineman installing solar panels in Totowa, N.J.Juan Arredondo for The New York Times A lineman installing solar panels in Totowa, N.J.

 

New Jersey is the nation’s second largest solar market behind California thanks to the state government’s commitment to increase the amount of electricity derived from renewable energy sources over the next decade.

But where are the other leaders in solar energy?

Here, courtesy of the Solar Energy Industries Association, is a Top 10 list for cumulative installed solar capacity in the United States as of 2010.

1. California: 47 percent with 971 megawatts

2. New Jersey: 14 percent with 293 MW

3. Colorado: 5 percent with 108 MW

4. Arizona: 5 percent with 101 MW

5. Nevada: 5 percent with 97 MW

6. Florida: 4 percent with 73 MW

7. New York: 3 percent with 54 MW

8. Pennsylvania: 3 percent with 54 MW

9. New Mexico: 2 percent with 45 MW

10. North Carolina: 2 percent with 42 MW

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Top Green Business Ideas from 2010

05/04/2011 2 comments

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Green business practices have not faded as many trends do, more than likely because these practices have a very real impact on our future. In 2010 we have seen the continued growth of past green practices and the emergence of new ones. As businesses develop the old and new ideas to improve on environmentally friendly services and products, they decrease the negative impact that we are having on the earth. At the same time, businesses are saving money and winning customer loyalty with their adoption of some of these green practices.

Take a look at some of the best green business ideas that came out of 2010 to see where you and your company can make improvements on saving our planet.

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