Backers open a 6-MW solar project in New Jersey

DSM, in partnership with GeoPeak and Marina Energy, opened a solar field Dec. 10 at the plant in Belvidere, New Jersey.

In an event for local dignitaries, employees and business executives to switch on the solar field, DSM North American President Hugh Welsh highlighted the benefits of the solar field on the Belvidere plant’s energy consumption, the positive impact on the local community’s electric grid, DSM’s energy leadership in New Jersey and the impact the renewable energy source will have in reducing carbon emissions.

The solar panels were glazed with DSM’s proprietary KhepriCoat anti-reflective glass coating, the company’s flagship product for the solar market. The coating is applied to the cover the glass of the solar modules and strongly reduces the reflection of sunlight. This increases the energy output of these modules up to 4%, improving the efficiency of solar modules and reducing the cost of the energy produced.

The Belvidere solar field project is a 6-MW solar generation facility that will provide approximately 6,437,020 kilowatts annually. This will produce approximately 30-40% of the Belvidere plant’s electricity needs at peak production.

Said Hugh Welsh, President of DSM North America: “This new solar field and the electricity it will generate for the plant stands as a symbol of DSM’s commitment to sustainable manufacturing. DSM North America is headquartered in Parsippany, New Jersey, and is actively using renewable energy sources in its manufacturing operations to meet its own and its customers’ supply chain sustainability goals to make our local communities in New Jersey greener. DSM is proud to partner with GeoPeak Energy, a prominent solar solutions company and Marina Energy, who financed, owns and will operate the system.”

“The DSM solar project in Belvidere, New Jersey, is one of the largest solar installations globally at a supply chain site, and is a testament to supplier sustainability. In New Jersey, it is in the top five largest commercial on-site solar projects completed in 2014,” said AJ Javan, Managing Partner of GeoPeak Energy.

“Marina has been proud to work with our partners, DSM and Geo-Peak Energy, on this important New Jersey project. Solar-power is a cost-effective method to generate sustainable energy and significantly lessens the dependence on the electric grid thus reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said Stephen Poniatowicz, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Marina Energy.

Royal DSM is a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials. DSM’s 24,500 employees deliver annual net sales of around €10 billion. The company is listed on NYSE Euronext.

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