KDC Solar lights up new solar project at New Jersey hospital

KDC Solar LLC said Dec. 18 that it has commenced commercial operations of its 6.31-MW solar panel system located at CentraState Medical in Freehold, New Jersey.

The system will provide electricity to CentraState Medical and it is the largest photovoltaic (PV) solar system supplying solar energy to any hospital in New Jersey. The project is also one of the largest of solar distributed generation facility for a non-utility company providing electricity to any hospital on the East Coast of the United States, KDC Solar added.

The new system will generate approximately 8.1 million kilowatt hours of solar electricity per year.  It will provide CentraState with approximately 30% of its annual electricity needs. KDC Solar developed, owns and will operate the solar panel system.

“We are delighted to have worked with CentraState to bring this concept to reality. This system is the largest PV solar facility at any hospital in the State of New Jersey and will supply clean, lower cost, long-term solar energy to CentraState for years to come” said Hal Kamine, KDC Solar’s Chief Executive Officer. “This project is another example of a successful ‘net-metered’ clean solar electric system for business, government and institutions, which in turn create or preserve both short and long-term jobs for the state.”

KDC Solar signed an engineering and construction contract for the installation of the solar project with Torcon Industries. Torcon, a Red Bank, New Jersey-based general construction contracting company with almost 50 years of experience, was the prime contractor for this project, and SPI Solar, a California-based contracting company, provided construction oversight for KDC Solar.

KDC Solar said it is supported by an allocation of $225m in equity from Diamond Castle Holdings, a New York-based private equity fund with more than $1.8bn of committed capital under management. Headquartered in Bedminster, N.J., KDC Solar currently operates over 50 MW of “behind the meter” solar facilities at 11 different locations and is constructing and permitting 85 MW of “net metered” solar projects.

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