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New Jersey Ice Skating Arena Installs Solar Energy Array

Sun and ice may seem an unlikely combination, but not at the Ice Vault in Wayne, New Jersey. The family ice skating and hockey arena — and new home of the Federal Hockey League professional team, the New Jersey Outlaws — recently turned to clean, green energy with the installation of a solar energy array.

The array, designed and installed by Trinity Solar (formerly Trinity Heating and Air) will produce nearly 30 percent of the arena’s energy. The system, to date, has produced close to 113,000 kwh of clean energy, peaking at close to 300 kwh per hour. The system uses 2 PV-powered 260kw inverters and 2460 Trina 235 solar modules.

The solar array will reduce costs for the arena, thanks to New Jersey’s generous incentive programs for solar energy installations, which put the state near the top of the list for most solar power produced in 2010. (It also gave New York incentive to up the ante on its own solar goals. Get the full story in this post about New York and New Jersey’s solar rivalry.)

Why It’s Good for the Environment
According to Trinity Solar’s website, the solar PV installation at the Ice Vault has saved:

  • More than 161 kg of CO2 from the burning of non-renewable energy sources
  • 2,050 trees
  • The equivalent of more than 45,000 car miles
  • More than 330 barrels of oil

EcoOutfitters commends Capital One and the Ice Vault owners for their dedication to the environment and commitment to using clean energy. We’d like to see more large scale installations like this one in stadiums and arenas across the country.

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A full-time freelance writer, Dawn frequently covers energy efficiency, green living, and topics like LED lighting and whole home control systems for a number of blogs and technology trade magazines. Dawn is proud to live in New York as the state vies to beat out New Jersey as the East coast top dog of solar energy and is waiting for the Solar Renewable Energy Certificate legislation to pass before installing solar panels on her Long Island home.

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