Aromatic chemical distributor Berjé recently announced it completed the installation of a 200,000-square-foot solar panel array at its center in Carteret.
U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), Carteret Mayor Daniel Reiman and Public Service Electric & Gas Vice President of Renewables and Energy Solutions Courtney McCormick joined Berjé at the event.
“The benefits of switching to solar energy are not only substantial for our business, but also for our environment,” Kim Bleimann, chairman and CEO of Berjé, said. “Sustainability is an important part of our business and it’s important for us to play an active role in protecting our environment for generations to come. At Berjé, finding new ways to promote sustainability will be a key component to the continued success of our more than 60-year-old, family-owned business.”
The 4,092 solar panels now cover 200,000 square feet of the 235,000-sqaure-foot facility. Berjé said the array will produce more than 1.6 million Kilowatt hours annually.
“I am happy that Berjé is a part and has been a part of the clean energy revolution,” Pallone said. “I call it a revolution because that’s what it is. We cannot continue to depend on fossil fuels — oil and natural gas — because it obviously runs out, and it also causes problems in terms of climate change because of the impact of greenhouse gases.”
The estimated cost for the system is $2.7 million, Berjé said. M&T Bank provided financing for the array, which was installed by Direct Energy Solar.
“I'm happy to be here today to help cut the ribbon on this rooftop solar panel system,” Reiman said. “Berjé’s growth as a company is a testament to their organizational leadership and corporate family philosophy. We are thrilled with this new investment in clean renewable energy technology, which shows their long term investment and commitment to staying and growing in Carteret.”