GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare (GSK) has begun installing a 3 MWrooftop photovoltaic system at its Northeast Regional DistributionCenter in York, Pa. According to the company, this is the largestrooftop PV array in North America.
Nearly 11,000 solar panelswill be installed on the roof. When completed, the system is expected to generate enough electricity to meet the annual energy needs of thenearly 500,000 square-foot building. American Capital Energy, thecompany responsible for the installation, plans to install about 500panels per day.
GSK received government funding and solarincentives to help finance the project, including a $1 million grantfrom Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Financing Authority and $4.1 million in federal tax credits. GSK will also utilize energy savings and solarrenewable energy credits to offset costs.