GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Consumer Healthcare launched a massive solar installation project yesterday at its Northeast Regional Distribution Center in York, Pennsylvania. Once completed, the project will be the largest rooftop solar array in North America.
The solar array will consist of 11,000 solar panels covering 360,000 square feet, about the size of seven football fields. Weighing in at 60 pounds each, the panels are more than six feet long and three feet wide. Approximately 500 new panels will be installed each day and the project should be completed in December.
Once completed, the 3-megawatt installation will generate about 3.4 million kilowatt hours of energy annually, enough to completely power the nearly 500,000 square foot GSK facility. The solar array will allow GSK to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 3,000 tons annually, which will help the company meet its overall energy consumption reduction goals.
Learn more about the company’s energy consumption goals by visiting the GSK Climate change and energy website.