Owens Corning, world leader in building materials and glass fiberreinforcements, and SunEdison, North America’s largest solar servicesprovider, announced the activation of a 440 kilowatt (kW) roof-mountphotovoltaic (PV) solar system at Owens Corning’s Kearny, New Jerseyfacility.
The activation took place on Sept. 21, the day beforeSunEdison was awarded the first energy stimulus grant in the solarindustry, under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (RecoveryAct).
Under a long-term solar power services agreement (SPSA),Owens Corning will use a PV solar system at its Kearny facility that isfinanced, constructed and to be maintained by SunEdison. The new systemwill produce more than 522,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of clean, solarenergy in the first year of operation alone.
Over 20 years,the PV solar system in use at Kearny will produce more than 9.5 millionkWh, enough energy to power 893 average U.S. homes for a year,according to SunEdison projections.
“A critical part of OwensCorning’s sustainability strategy is greening our operations,” saidFrank O’Brien-Bernini, Owens Corning’s chief sustainability officer.“By using a zero-emissions solar system, we’re continuing our long-termcommitment to operate in ways that are environmentally safe and energyefficient. This solar installation is expected to offset nearly 14million pounds of carbon dioxide over the life of the agreement,”O’Brien-Bernini said.
“I’m proud of our people and what they’vedone to help further green our operations,” said Evelyn Cruz, OwensCorning plant leader for Kearny. “This is a great example of howcommitment and teamwork can make a big difference in our community andin the world.”
Owens Corning makes fiberglass and foaminsulation products that significantly improve the energy efficiency ofbuildings. Homes and commercial buildings consume 40 percent of theworld’s energy, including more than 70 percent of the electricity inthe United States. Owens Corning is also the largest manufacturer ofreinforcements used in the production of blades for wind turbines, agrowing source of renewable energy,
According to Brian Jacolick,General Manager, North America for SunEdison, “The Owens Corning Kearnyfacility raises the profile of solar adoption in the United States. Thecompany’s forward-thinking view of solar serves as a model forbusinesses who want to control high energy costs while preserving theenvironment.
Owens Corning also takes the lead with this solarinstallation as one of the first sites to be funded by the RecoveryAct’s Section 1603 (Grant-in-lieu of Investment Tax Credit). The grantis a great stimulus to solar adoption and renewable energy, and we arepleased that this first project was developed with an industry-leaderlike Owens Corning.”
"In this challenging economy, PSE&G’s$105 million solar loan program provides financing that removes riskfor customers who want to install affordable and pollution-free solarsystems," said Al Matos, PSE&G’s vice president for renewables andenergy solutions.
"We have a huge challenge facing us in NewJersey if we’re going to meet the state’s renewables goals for the year2020. It’s going to take partnerships like this one, a partnership ofdevelopers, utilities and government working collectively to meet thegoal. Owens Corning has stepped up, and we congratulate them on thecompletion of their first solar project."
Owens Corning’s Kearnyfacility produces roofing shingles, including Duration, DurationPremium and Oakridge products. The facility is located at 1249 NewarkTurnpike in Kearny.