Marina Energy will be a piece of a partnership that's building one of the country's largest net-metered solar installations, in Lopatcong Township, for plastic bottles manufacturer Berry Plastics.
The development team includes Marina Energy, a subsidiary of South Jersey Industries; Solops LLC; and Springfield engineering and construction company Gehrlicher Solar America Corp. Completion is planned for November. Project cost was not disclosed.
The project is being built next to Berry Plastics' Stryrkers Road facility, just east of Phillipsburg near the Pennsylvania border. The 13-megawatt ground-mounted facility will annually produce near 16.8 million kilowatt-hours to be purchased by Berry Plastics.
A news release from the builders said the energy output is enough to save 13,055 tons of carbon dioxide annually, or the amount of emissions generated from 2,467 cars.
Berry Plastics plant manager Mike Fader said construction is underway, and the business hopes to have the system running by the end of the year. An estimate of energy savings attributable to the project was not immediately available.
"This is a certainly huge initiative for Berry Plastics, in terms of reducing our footprint and going green," said Mike Fader, plant manager at Berry Plastics.
Fader said the company won't be consuming all the power generated by the system, which also will be made available to additional businesses.
The Warren County plant makes plastic bottles for consumer use, employing about 100. Berry Plastics, which has its headquarters in Evansville, Ind., reported $4.8 billion in global sales in 2012.
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