Paulsboro, New Jersey

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The solar power facility on site provided a significant portion of the power needed for the environmental remediation systems at the Site while avoiding generation of emissions associated with conventional off-site, non-renewable electric generation.

Solar power facility provided environmentally friendly energy to BP's Paulsboro project

BP's Paulsboro Terminal is home to what was one of the largest solar power facilities on the East Coast when it was constructed in 2003. The Paulsboro solar plant is located to the east of the site on a leased land parcel, and consists of 5,800 solar modules that face toward the south in order to take advantage of the sun's rays. The modules have no moving or wearing parts, and require very little maintenance to function properly.

Using technology from BP Solar, the facility generated 5-10% of the electricity required for environmental remediation systems at the site. During a decade of operation the solar plant: (i) generated 1,879,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity, effectively increasing capacity of the electricity grid by an equal amount; (ii) avoided carbon dioxide (CO2) (equivalent) emission of more than 300,000 pounds per year, resulting in a total offset exceeding 3 million pounds; (iii) avoided more than 800 pounds of sulfur dioxide (SO2) emission per year, resulting in a total offset exceeding 8,500 pounds of SO2; and, (iv) avoided more than 500 pounds of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) emission per year, resulting in a total offset exceeding 5,900 pounds of NO2.

However, as the solar plant ages it may give way to a new beneficial reuse of the leased land parcel, as an annex to the growing Port of Paulsboro facility.