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Campbell Soup headquarters to add 4.4-MW of solar

Campbell Soup Company, in partnership with BNB Renewable Energy Holdings (BNB), SunPower and ORIX USA  broke ground today on a 4.4-MW solar power project at the company’s world headquarters in Camden, New Jersey.

Scheduled to come online in fall 2017, the system will provide energy to Campbell through a 20-year power purchase agreement and generate more than 5 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year. Upon completion, the solar array will become the largest in the city of Camden.

The project, developed by BNB, will feature SunPower’s innovative rooftop, carport and ground-mount solar solutions, which are designed to optimize power production for commercial customers like Campbell.

At Campbell’s 38-acre world headquarters campus, 2.7 MW will be installed on the rooftops of existing structures and on new solar canopies that will be erected in the parking lots. An additional 1.7 MW will be installed on an adjacent 4.5-acre remediated brownfield that BNB purchased specifically for the project, making use of otherwise unusable land and increasing the capacity of the system.

Under the 20-year PPA, Campbell will buy electricity generated by the solar project at a predetermined rate. The fixed PPA rate, which is currently lower than the cost of traditional electricity for Campbell, provides the company with long-term visibility for this portion of its electricity costs.

The system in Camden will be the third solar project that BNB has developed for Campbell, following the 9.8-MW system at Campbell’s facility in Napoleon, Ohio, and the 10-MW system at Campbell’s Pepperidge Farm bakery in Bloomfield, Conn. Both of those projects also use SunPower’s high-efficiency solar panels.

“We’re excited to partner once again with BNB and SunPower to add a third solar array to Campbell’s U.S. footprint,” said Jim Prunesti, vice president, global engineering, Campbell. “This project contributes clean energy to the local grid and demonstrates to our community the viability of renewable energy sources, all while supporting Campbell’s sustainability strategy to deliver long-term value to our business and neighborhoods.”

BNB and ORIX USA, a diversified financial company with a strong commitment to renewables, will jointly own the project. The term debt is being financed through PSE&G’s Solar Loan Program.

“Bringing a cost-saving solar system to Campbell’s World Headquarters marks a great moment, and we see a bright future for other Fortune 500 companies who follow Campbell’s lead and turn to renewable energy to stabilize energy costs and reap rewards from the sun,” said Matthew Baird, managing partner of BNB. “We are most proud of our collaborative work with Campbell, SunPower, ORIX and PSE&G to make this project a reality.”

The project will also feature five electric vehicle-charging stations, provided by PSE&G via its EV Workplace Charging Program, for use by Campbell employees.

“It’s an honor that Campbell and BNB have chosen SunPower once again as a solar partner for this project,” said Nam Nguyen, SunPower executive vice president. “We look forward to delivering the highest quality experience through our innovative solutions.”

Researchers project solar power may become cheaper than fossil fuels sooner than we think

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Cranberry farmer grows new ‘crop’: solar energy

Massachusetts farmer Michael Paduch installed a solar array on four acres of cranberry bogs. It’s a ‘win, win, win,’ he says.

Michael Paduch, a farmer in Carver, Massachusetts, has more than 20 acres of cranberry bogs. But with prices low in recent years, he’s started harvesting a new crop on his land: energy.

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Solar power advocates take fight over credits to Maine’s top court

PORTLAND, Maine — Environmentalists and a trade group representing large power customers have asked Maine’s top court to review a controversial decision to dial back an incentive program for solar power installations at homes and businesses.

The Conservation Law Foundation, Natural Resources Council of Maine and Industrial Energy Consumers Group on Monday asked the Maine Supreme Judicial Court to review regulators’ decision to alter the state’s net metering program.

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