Gloucester Marine Terminal in New Jersey is one of the nation’s largest dockside refrigerated warehouse facilities. Now it is also the largest rooftop solar power plant in North America.
Earlier this month, U.S. Rep. Robert Andrews, D-N.J., presented Gloucester Marine Terminal officials with an award letter announcing an $11 million federal tax credit rebate for the recently completed rooftop solar power plant.
Known as Riverside Renewable Energy, the $42 million project consists of 27,526 photovoltaic rooftop solar panels covering 1.1 million square feet of rooftop at the Gloucester Marine Terminal, which is owned by the Holt family. It has the capacity to produce 9 megawatts of electricity annually, enough to power more than 1,500 homes.
The Riverside project sits atop the roof of the terminal’s refrigerated warehouse near the Walt Whitman Bridge on the Delaware River. The terminal is the largest on-dock refrigerated warehouse on the East Coast.
CEO Leo Holt said the investment would provide about 80 percent of the energy needed to keep the facility cold for refrigerated cargoes.