Earlier today, the largest solar array in New Jersey was brought online. The system is located on the campus of Janssen in Titusville. Janssen is a division of Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc and is part of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies. This is not only the largest solar array in New Jersey but it is also the largest solar installation for Johnson & Johnson.
The new 4.1 megawatt solar array consists of 13,496 sun-tracking, ground-mounted panels. The panels will generate approximately 70 percent of the annual energy needs for the Janssen location, or the equivalent of the power needs for 600 homes per year.
The solar array will enhance the Janssen facility’s existing environmental-minded design. The facility earned a LEED Silver certification in 2004 under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Existing Buildings (LEED-EB) Pilot Project.
Since its original certification in 2004, the facility has continued to make new eco upgrades including a project that replaces lawns with native plants and switching to waterless urinals. The switch to waterless urinals saves approximately 700,000 gallons per year, an approximate 12 percent reduction in water use from this upgrade alone.
The Titusville installation expands Johnson & Johnson’s existing renewable energy portfolio. The company has solar systems planned or installed at 20 sites around the world with a total capacity of 13 megawatts.