FedEx Ground plans major rooftop solar installation

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FedEx Ground announced plans to install at its distribution hub in Woodbridge, N.J., what it says is the nation’s largest rooftop solar-electric system. The solar power project is the third between a FedEx operating company and BP Solar and the fifth solar power project for FedEx.

The 2.42 megawatt solar power system will cover approximately 3.3 acres of rooftop space with approximately 12,400 solar panels. When completed, the system will be capable of producing approximately 2.6 million kilowatt hours of electricity a year and could provide up to 30 percent of the hub’s annual energy needs. As part of the agreement, BP will install and operate the solar power system and FedEx will purchase the power generated.

Installation is scheduled to begin in August and expected to be completed by November. Last year, FedEx Freight installed solar power systems in Whittier and Fontana, Calif. In 2005, FedEx Express activated a system at its Oakland, Calif., hub facility.