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Detention Basin Used for Solar Power Space in N.J.

By Emily CatacchioStormwater detention basins reduce stormwater runoff, but they also take up a lot of space. At the Peddie boarding high school in East Windsor Township, New Jersey, ground-mounted solar collectors are being installed in one such basin to make more productive use of it. Peddie previously installed a rooftop photovoltaic (PV) system, which will contribute to the one million kilowatt hours per year the rooftop and basin systems are expected to produce; more than 20% of the school’s energy needs will be met with these systems. The installation was designed to avoid interference with water collection. Peddie opted for a power purchase agreement whereby a renewable energy development company purchased the solar panels and will sell the electricity to the school. The project is expected to be completed in June 2011.

Published June 1, 2011

Emily, C. (2011, June 1). Detention Basin Used for Solar Power Space in N.J.. Retrieved from

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