ESCONDIDO, CA. (January 27, 2009): enXco, an EDF Renouvelables Company, (PARIS: EEN) announced today the signing of a 25-year Power Purchase Agreement with Carrier Clinic, a not-for-profit behavioral healthcare system, located in Belle Mead, New Jersey. The agreement sets in motion the development of the solar photovoltaic array that could reach 1.9 megawatts when design is completed.
Under the agreement, enXco will own and operate the system and supply the project’s output to Carrier Clinic on a net-metering basis. enXco is scheduled to begin construction this spring and expects the project will produce energy in the second quarter of 2009.
The ground-mount fixed tilt solar array, utilizing First Solar modules deployed from EDF EN’s global supply agreement, will be constructed on 12 acres and will be the largest solar system on a New Jersey hospital campus. The project, co-developed by Clean Energy Holdings in association with Trinity Solar, will further qualify for New Jersey Renewable Energy Certificates which are essential to the economics of the project.
“enXco is pleased to deploy our solar development expertise with the Carrier Clinic and Clean Energy Holdings to provide clean, renewable energy for New Jersey” said Peter Solomon, senior manager distributed solar for enXco. “We are dedicated to helping New Jersey meet their renewable energy goals with this our fifth solar PV project built within a year in the state, and one of the first projects of 2009.”
C. Richard Sarle, CEO and president of Carrier Clinic, said “We are proud to be, at this time, the only hospital or behavioral health system in New Jersey with a ground-mount project of this scope. As we approach our 100th year anniversary, we remain committed to partnering with our community in an effort to meet the clean energy goals of the State of New Jersey. This photovoltaic array will provide reliable, economical and socially responsible energy to provide about 50% of the entire facility’s electrical services, which run 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.”
As the fastest growing market for solar photovoltaics in the U.S., New Jersey is also one of the largest in terms of installations, second only to California. New Jersey’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) requires that 22.5% of the state’s electricity will come from renewable sources by 2021 with 2.12% or 1,500 MW from solar – a goal that represents the nation’s largest solar commitment relative to population and electricity consumption.