Solar Energy Systems Installed In New Jersey Foodtown Markets
March 2010 • Vol.44 No.3
Solis Partners LLC, a full-service integrator of commercial solar power systems, recently completed the fourth of six installations for Norkus Enterprises, operator of Foodtown supermarkets across Monmouth and Ocean Counties in New Jersey. The combined system will be one of America’s largest Solyndra solar photovoltaic (PV) systems.
Designed, engineered and constructed by Manasquan, N.J.-based, Solis Partners, the systems consist of approximately 2,700 Solyndra solar panels, producing over 600,000 kWh of electricity and eliminating more than 820,000 pounds of CO2 emissions annually.
The system’s ability to cover more rooftop area and capture more light than traditional flat-plated panels will result in more annual solar electricity generation and will provide clean, low-cost power for more than 25 years.
Solar power, or photovoltaic (PV) technology, makes use of the abundant energy in the sun, and has no impact on our environment. The PV panels convert sunlight to electric power and produce no air pollution or hazardous waste and do not require liquid or gaseous fuels to be transported or combusted.
The Solyndra panels are designed to optimize solar electricity production on commercial rooftops. These unique panels employ cylindrical modules which capture sunlight across a 360-degree photovoltaic surface capable of converting direct, diffuse and reflected sunlight from the rooftop into electricity.
The Solyndra system is lightweight, non-penetrating and achieves over a 130 mph wind rating as the panels allow wind to blow through them. These factors enable the installation of solar PV on a broader range of rooftops without traditional anchoring or ballast required with flat-plated panels, which are inherently problematic.
“We are extremely proud to be at the forefront of this growing technology,” said Mark Norkus, vice president of Norkus Enterprises. “Over the past year, we studied our use of electricity throughout our six Foodtown locations and worked with Solis to develop the best method to becoming a more environmentally friendly company. We are very pleased with the results and are happy that Norkus is leading the charge to switch to renewable energy in our industry.”
All specified roof design, preparation and installation required prior to the solar deployment were performed by L.R. Watts & Sons Roofing, Perth Amboy, N.J.
“We are thrilled to help Norkus Foodtown set the environmental bar even higher by pioneering the development and deployment of six rooftop solar power generation systems,” said Jamie Hahn, managing director of Solis Partners. “To be at the forefront of making solar energy a part of the supermarket environment is important. We are pleased to be working with the Norkus team to set an example of affordable, sustainable and clean energy for supermarket facilities.”
Norkus Enterprises, Inc. operates seven Foodtown supermarkets, five Max’s Beer, Wine & Liquor locations and Savoth Banana Wholesaler located in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Celebrating its 75th year in business, Norkus Enterprises is a family-run company into its third generation serving the communities of Freehold, Manalapan, Neptune City, Long Branch, Point Pleasant and Toms River.