Janssen and Kohl's Launch Milestone Solar Energy Projects

Janssen and Kohl's Launch Milestone Solar Energy Projects

Pharmaceutical firm Janssen, a Johnson & Johnson Company, launches the largest solar energy system in New Jersey today, and the Kohl's Department Stores chain has made good on its promise to host at least 100 solar installations, the companies said.

Leaders of Janssen, a division of Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc., will flip the switch on a 4.1-megawatt solar photovoltaic array of 13,496 sun-tracking, ground-mounted panels today at a campus in Titusville. The LEED-Certified complex houses facilities for several Johnson & Johnson companies.

The installation (pictured above) joins a 0.5-MW rooftop solar PV system at the campus. All told, the systems are expected to generate enough energy to supply more than 70 percent of the electricity used at the site. The amount would power about 600 homes annually.

With the latest Titusville array in place, Johnson & Johnson has completed or is planning solar power systems with an installed capacity totaling 13 megawatts at 20 sites around the world.

Kohl's announced last week that its 100th hosted solar array had gone live at a site that's also in New Jersey. The installation in Mays Landing fulfills Kohl's short-term solar power goal.

Begun in 2007, the initiative has brought solar arrays to 100 stores and distribution centers in California, Wisconsin, Connecticut, New Jersey, Maryland, Oregon and Colorado.

The solar program is a cornerstone of Kohl's commitment to operate its stores, distribution centers and corporate offices with net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by the close of 2010.

The firm is expanding its solar program by bringing it to Pennsylvania, where construction of roof-mounted installations at seven stores began in August and is expected to be complete by March 2011. In all, there will be eight solar sites at Kohl's facilities in Pennsylvania.

Kohl's details its environmental programs at www.kohlsgreenscene.com.

It's been a big month for solar energy installations at business sites. Earlier this week, Walmart announced that it is adding thin film solar panels to as many as 30 sites in Arizona and California.

Top image of solar energy system at Titusville facility by photographer TJ Klein, courtesy of Janssen.