Vineland Glass Plant Goes Green

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Gerresheimer dedicated a new 11 million USD rooftop solar system, allowing the company to continue pharmaceutical glass production with environmentally-friendly energy

Vineland Glass Plant Goes Green
Gerresheimer dedicated a new 11 million USD rooftop solar system, allowing the company to continue pharmaceutical glass production with environmentally-friendly energy. The solar project involved nine months of work. KDC Solar Inc. of Bedminster owns the photovoltaic — or PV system — and built the project. “It’s a win-win,” said Georg E. Annen, chief financial officer for Gerresheimer, who spoke at the ribbon cutting. “We are looking toward the next 15 years to utilize these solar panels.” KDC will operate the PV system and supply Gerresheimer with 100 percent of the generated power for the next 15 years. “Sustainability is one of our company’s priority objectives,” said Dave Watson, vice president of finance and controlling at Gerresheimer, who oversaw the project. “Photovoltaics provide us with the perfect means of combining eco-friendliness with economic efficiency.”

Gerresheimer expects solar power will reduce the facility’s annual carbon footprint by 1,350 tons. That’s equal to the reduction that could be achieved if all 500 employees at Gerresheimer’s plants in Vineland and Forest Grove stopped using their cars, according to a company statement. The solar system spans 52,624 square yards across the roof of the firm’s tubular glass plant on Crystal Avenue. It covers an area 10 times the size of a football field. The 2.8-megawatt system consists of thousands of mono-crystalline solar panels. It is one of the 10 biggest roof-mounted PV systems operat...


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