Seabrook Brothers and Sons company, located in southern New Jersey has announced plans to install over 20,000 solar panels in a twenty-one acre plot of land. The solar panels will generate electricity for powering the company’s vegetable processing and freezing. Their website says they freeze 150 million pounds of vegetables each year. The vegetables are sold in various grocery stores in the US, and some of their products are sold overseas.
Construction of the solar system will begin soon and should be completed by the end of the year. Once running it is estimated it will generate about 6 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 785 homes for a year. It is expected the company will save about $300,000 in energy costs annually.
Energenic is the energy management company responsible for constructing the solar plant. Their CEO said of the project, “We are eager to help Seabrook Farms create a more sustainable and reliable energy future”.
The New Jersey Clean Energy Program website says that as of the end of April 2010 over 5,815 residential, commercial, public, and non-profit entities in their state have installed a solar electric system. The clean energy program there was started in 2003 by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities.
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