627.9 kW Solar Photovoltaics (PV) System
Project Engineering, Procurement and Construction by Pfister Energy, Inc.
The above is a “time lapse” video of Pfister Energy’s construction of a 627.9 kW solar photovoltaics (PV) system on the top level of the parking garage located at One Bergen Plaza in Hackensack, New Jersey. What was once underutilized space will now generate electricity for the parking deck and the adjacent Bergen County Administration building. The system is expected to generate approximately 690,690 kWh of energy per annum. Comprised of 2,730 Trina Solar 230-watt PV modules, the 627.900 kW (DC) solar array is affixed to an custom overhead structural steel canopy. This unique canopy structure maximizes parking space without taking up existing spaces or the need to install columns. It also keeps cars cooler in the hot summer months and reduces the “heat island” effect of parking surfaces such as this. The system was installed at no cost to Bergen County under a 15-year Power Purchase Agreement. Over the 15-year period, taxpayers will save an estimated $629,510 in energy savings. The energy produced by the system will yield estimated pollution offsets equivalent to deterring an estimated 14.4 million lbs. of carbon emissions, saving 15,198 barrels of oil, or taking 1503 passenger vehicles off the road.