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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.”

Solar Power for Homes – What You Need to Know

Some suprising new developments in solar power for homes may make using solar energy in your daily life more possible than you may think!

When choosing solar power for homes, many homeowners have little idea that the systems can be tailored to the specific needs of the home. The most common type of solar energy is produced in solar panels attached to the roof of a house. These panels collect solar energy and convert that energy into useable, electrical power.

In many cases, an inverter will need to be used to convert the power from a one way feed or direct current (DC) to the alternating current (AC) that is used in most homes. The number of solar panels and the amount of wattage produced will determine the size of inverter needed and the number of inverters to be placed on the home. If the power will be stored in batteries for later use, there is no need to include an inverter on the solar panel system.

Moving Away From the Solar Panel

The solar panel is not the only type of solar power generator that can be used in the home. Technological advances have brought solar energy a long way. Today, solar backpacks, appliances, cell phone chargers, hot water heaters and heating and cooling systems have integrated solar panels that work for a specified purpose.

The solar backpack, for instance, can be used to charge a laptop or other mobile device while a student is studying outside or walking from class to class. If the student can find a window seat in class, theoretically the backpack could eliminate the need for electrical charging.

Appliances and cell phone chargers work in much the same way. The solar power that these units use is directed at powering or charging the attached unit and not production of energy for the entire home.

One of the most functional uses for solar energy can be affordably installed in the attic or roof crawl space of a home. Solar fans, powered by the sun, can be used to cool these spaces and reduce the loss of heated and cooled air from the roof of the home.

The units are installed in the roof like skylights and collect energy from the sun to power the fan. An even smaller alternative are walkway and driveway lights. These small solar energy units, collect sun power throughout the day and that energy is used to light the bulbs at night.

Will Solar Power for Homes Work for Everyone?

While solar power for homes may be ideal in many locations, using full scale home solar power systems may not be not practical for every home. The average number of sunny days per year will greatly influence the potential energy output of any solar unit.

In locations where frequent rain and snow are common, the units will not have the direct contact with the sun’s rays needed to collect solar energy and convert that energy into solar power. In these cases, the cost of installing solar panels will not be returned via savings in the home for many years.

On the flip side, places like Las Vegas, Nevada in the United States and some parts of Florida where sunny days far outweigh cloudy days, solar energy can be easily collected in amounts large enough to take a home completely off the electrical grid. Extra power can then be sold back to the electric company for credits or cash.

M.S. Rochell is a lifelong, passionate lover of nature and the environment, and the editor of www.Go-Green-Solar-Energy.com, whose purpose is to inspire and educate ordinary people about the benefits of affordable solar energy. Please visit to learn more about affordable solar power for homes and to access our extensive list of free solar resources.