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Let the Sun Shine

A glass manufacturing facility in Bridgeton is now powered by solar energy.

Ardagh Group and its partner KDC Solar recently announced that the 5.5 net-metered, 20-acre solar project built and operated by KDC Solar is complete and supplying solar power to the Bridgeton, NJ, glass manufacturing facility.

“It has been our privilege to work with Ardagh Group on this project in Bridgeton, New Jersey,” said KDC Solar president and CEO Alan Epstein. “We look forward to partnering on additional opportunities to supply clean solar energy to other Ardagh Group facilities throughout the United States.”

Key features of the solar project include:
• 5.5 MW DC
• 15,930 PV modules supported by 1,283 racking posts
• 61 pieces of electrical equipment
• 60 miles of wire installed
• 20-acre solar facility
• Two separate arrays connected via directional drilling under a roadway and under wetlands

Ardagh’s goal is a leading supplier of inherently sustainable packaging and aims to minimize its negative environmental impact whilst remaining economically sustainable and socially responsible.

“As a leading U.S. manufacturer of infinitely recyclable glass bottles and jars, Ardagh Group is committed to be the leader in sustainability in the North American glass packaging market,” said Bertrand Paulet, president and CEO, Ardagh Group, Glass – North America.

“As part of this drive for sustainability, we are continuously looking for new opportunities to increase our use of green energy,” he noted. “We are pleased to have partnered with KDC Solar on this new state-of-the-art solar plant in Bridgeton, New Jersey, which will supply renewable energy for our glass manufacturing facility and thereby contribute to a further reduction in our carbon footprint.”