DSM North America opens newly expanded 20 MW solar field in Belvidere, New Jersey
Post date: 10/01/2019 - 21:18
Dutch based nutrition and health company Royal DSM announced that its subsidiary DSM North America inaugurated its newly expanded solar field in Belvidere, New Jersey. According to the company, the 20.2 MW solar project, located on 66 acres, is now the largest net-metered solar installation in New Jersey and the second largest on the east coast. The facility is comprised of more than 62,000 solar panels of an unnamed manufacturer and is estimated to produce 25 million kWh annually.
The new solar expansion triples the size of the phase one solar field, and will effectively triple the solar output at the site by adding an additional 46 acres and over 42,000 solar panels. At peak production, the maximum output of the DSM solar facility will exceed the site’s peak consumption, with the excess solar power being sent to the power grid during those times.
DSM partnered with Geopeak Energy to develop, engineer, and construct this newly completed expansion of DSM’s Belvidere solar field. The panels use DSM’s own anti-reflective coating for the solar glass that increases efficiency by up to 3 percent. This technology is already in use at DSM’s operating solar fields in Kingstree, South Carolina and Pune, India.
Royal DSM is a global science-based company in nutrition, health and sustainable living. DSM delivers business solutions for human nutrition, animal nutrition, personal care and aroma, medical devices, green products and applications, and new mobility and connectivity. The company’s purchased electricity from renewable sources increased from 8 percent in 2016 to 21 percent in 2017. DSM is committed to sourcing 50 percent of its electricity from renewable resources by 2025.