Jamie Cox, the general manager of the Mall at Short Hills, talks about his job and what makes the mall different. Anne-Marie Caruso/NorthJersey.com
Going forward, when you shop inÂ The Mall at Short Hills, you’ll be bathedÂ in light fueled by the sun. The mallÂ has added nearly 9,000 solar panels to its campus, a system expected to offset more than 1,900 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually, a solar developer announced Tuesday.
The solar panels span 225,500 square feet across the mallâ€™s roof and parking deck, according to a statement from the New York-based solar company.
The 3.49-megawatt system will produce up to 4.2 million kilowatt-hours of clean energy annually. Thatâ€™s the equivalent of powering roughly 403 homes for a year, based on theÂ U.S. Energy Information Administration’s annual household rate estimate.
The new system will fulfill a portion of the mallâ€™s energy requirement, but not 100% of it, according to the mallâ€™s solar developer, Safari Energy.
â€śSafari Energy is helping The Mall at Short Hills extend its green footprint in New Jersey, a state that is increasing pursing solar in its resource mix going forward,â€ť said Andy Rubin, Safari Energy’s senior vice president of sales and marketing.
The 1.4 million-square-foot, two-story mall opened in 1980. It houses aboutÂ 150 stores and is known for such luxury tenants as Burberry, Cartier and Dior.
â€śThe Mall at Short Hills’ solar power system is the first of three solar projects we are implementing to increase our use of renewable energy over the next few years,â€ť said Steven Moore, director of facilities, energy and sustainability for Taubman CentersÂ Inc., which owns the mall.Â A similar projectÂ in ColoradoÂ is nearly complete,Â RazgaitisÂ said.Â
The Mall at Short Hills isnâ€™t the only NorthÂ Jersey shopping destination getting a green energy makeover. Safari Energy has developed solar panel systems for malls across the region, including the Outlets at Bergen Town Center in Paramus, Woodbridge Center, Brick Plaza, Paramus Park and Willowbrook Mall in Wayne.
Separately, Westfield Garden State Plaza owner Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield Group announced plans in June for a solar power project at the Paramus mall.
The Garden State Plaza initiative is scheduled for completion in 2020. It is part of a three-mall project expected to produce a total of 5.4 gigawatt-hours of power, according to aÂ Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield statement. TheÂ projects are part ofÂ the global company’s plan to cut its carbon emissions by 50 percent by 2030.
Solar comprises the bulk of renewable energy in New Jersey. However, renewables make up just 5 percent of the stateâ€™s power sector.
Gov. Phil Murphy’s draft energy master plan includes a push for community solar, which would allow residents and businesses to buy stakes in large-scale, off-property solar farms instead of installing their own solar panels.
Time-lapse of the solar panel installation project at Garret Mountain Plaza in Woodland Park, NJ. Paul Wood Jr., NorthJersey
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