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Tecta Solar Installs PV System for GlaxoSmithKline

by Staff Writers
Skokie IL (SPX) May 26, 2011
Tecta Solar recently installed a 406 kW peak solar photovoltaic energy system on the roof of the Administrative Center at GlaxoSmithKline's campus in Upper Providence, PA. GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) recently announced its commitment to becoming a carbon neutral business by 2050.

The installation of the solar energy system in Upper Providence was financed, in part, by a $500,000 grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Commonwealth Financing Authority. Tecta applied for the grant via a competitive application process on behalf of GSK.

"Tecta Solar is proud to partner with GSK to design and install one of the largest rooftop solar photovoltaic energy systems in Pennsylvania," said Ken Beiser, managing director for Tecta Solar. "The project was completed on time without impacting ongoing operations within the building."

Under the Pennsylvania Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard, the system installed at GSK is registered as a solar photovoltaic system. The system annually provides an estimated 515 Pennsylvania Solar Alternative Energy Credits (515 megawatt hours), which are equivalent to the power that 50 Pennsylvania homes consume annually.

The roof has 1,848 solar modules that have been installed with a ballasted roof system and produces annual environmental offsets of approximately 897 pounds of nitrogen oxide; 4,287 pounds of sulfur dioxide, and 626,753 pounds of carbon dioxide. A Solectria inverter collects energy from the roof array. It also reports real-time energy output through a web-based system.

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