English Creek Self Storage in Egg Harbor, N.J., recently added a solar photovoltaic (PV) generation system. The system was installed by Pro-Tech Energy Solutions LLC, a self-funded energy services company serving the Mid-Atlantic region's commercial properties.
For this project, a 101,660 kilowatt (kW) direct current PV system was installed. The sytem is designed to offset the energy consumed largely by lighting the premises on a 24-hour basis. The system's SolarWorld Sunmodule SW-230W modules divert about 153,114 cubic pounds of carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere each year.
The cost of the system was offset by a rebate from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities and the New Jersey Clean Energy Program's Solar Renewable Energy Credit Pilot Program. An additional grant covering 30 percent of the cost came from the Investment Tax Credit, which was enacted in 2008 to encourage the adoption of solar energy and designed to cut the cost of construction.