Industrial, Solar, Sourcing Renewables - November 17, 2021
Saint-Gobain to Install Solar at New Jersey Sites
Saint-Gobain and its building products subsidiary CertainTeed, announced the company has finalized a lease agreement for the installation of solar projects at two of its manufacturing sites in New Jersey which will support the sustainability efforts of the state’s electrical grid.
A 312-kilowatt direct current (kWDC) solar project will be installed on the grounds of CertainTeed’s Insulation distribution center in Berlin, New Jersey. A 614 kWDC solar project will be installed on the roofs of the company’s buildings in Wayne, New Jersey, where Saint-Gobain High Performance Solutions manufactures plastic products.
“The new solar projects at our sites in Berlin and Wayne will reduce our company’s energy costs at these locations, help the State of New Jersey strive towards its ambitious clean energy goals, and support the broader transition to renewable, zero-carbon sources of power,” said Mark Rayfield, CEO of Saint-Gobain North America and CertainTeed in a statement. “We’re proud to do our part to support the New Jersey electricity grid’s transition towards a more sustainable future.”
Construction on both solar projects is expected to begin by the summer of next year and be complete by the end of 2022. The systems will be owned and operated by DSD Renewables.
The new solar projects in Berlin and Wayne follow several major investments in environmental sustainability made this year by CertainTeed:
- In January, the company’s 12-year power purchase agreement for 120 MW of renewable energy from a wind farm in McLean County, Illinois went online.
- In August, the company launched “Sustaining Futures, Raising Communities,” a program that will bring more sustainable construction to neighborhoods across North America.
- In September, the company announced its intent to build a new gypsum logistics facility that will be integrated into the remediation of a vacant Superfund site along the St. Johns River.
- In October, the company installed recycling technology at its insulation plant in Kansas City, Kansas, that will reduce its water consumption by 227 million gallons per year.