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Published November 18, 2008 07:33 AM

Atlantic City center begins installation of largest solar roof system in U.S.

The first section of solar panels has been installed atop the Atlantic City Convention Center. The power system is to be the largest single-roof photovoltaic system in the U.S., with some 13,321 panels capable of generating 2.36 megawatts. The panels will cover 290,000 square feet, or two-thirds of the venue's roof.

According to the ACCC, the solar panels will prevent release of 2,349 tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere annually. The panels will operate under a 20-year deal with Pepco Energy Services of Arlington, Va.

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In June, the center announced the plans for the solar array.

“With each step we take, the ACCVA continues to embrace green initiatives and stand at the forefront of the environmental movement,” said Jeffrey Vasser, executive director of the ACCVA. “Following Governor Jon S. Corzine’s lead in taking a proactive look at environmental issues, our outstanding team has worked in conjunction with Pepco Energy in order to develop this project which allows us to use our natural resources to run the convention center more efficiently.” 

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