Gloucester Marine Terminal has entered into a partnership with SunPower Corp. to build what the companies say will be the largest rooftop solar installation in North America. The 9 MW, 1.1 million square-foot project will be built on the roof of the terminal's refrigerated warehouse near the Walt Whitman Bridge on the Delaware River.
The $42 million, privately funded project, called Riverside Renewable Energy LLC, calls for the installation of 27,528 photovoltaic rooftop solar panels at Gloucester Marine Terminal, which is owned by the Holt family.
Construction is under way, and the project is expected to be completed by the fall. When completed, it will generate the equivalent of nearly 80% of the terminal's power demand. Riverside will sell the solar renewable energy credits and environmental benefits associated with the system.
In addition to the Holt family, the Riverside project is a partnership involving SunPower; Rabobank, a global bank and financier of renewable energy projects that will lead the financing for the venture; and PSE&G, which will play a critical role in the interconnection of the project.