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