11 May '11, 2pm

Toys 'R' Us To Build North America's Largest Rooftop Solar Installation

Retailer Toys"R"Us, Inc. plans to build North America's largest rooftop solar power installation at its distribution center in Flanders, NJ. Construction of the 5.38-megawatts (MW) installation is expected to begin this summer. The system will cover roughly 20 acres of rooftop space and is estimated to generate 72% of the electrical needs for the distribution facility. It will consist of more than 37,000 thin-film photovoltaic solar panels manufactured by United Solar, a subsidiary of Energy Conversion Devices (Nasdaq: ENER). Depending on weather conditions, the system is expected to produce approximately 6,362,000 kilowatt hours of electricity each year. Generating the same amount of electricity using non-renewable sources would result in the release of an estimated 4,387 metric tons of carbon dioxide, the equivalent emissions from 860 passenger vehicles or that of the el...

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