NEW JERSEYWakefern Food Corp. and NJR Clean Energy Ventures (NJRCEV), a subsidiary of New Jersey Resources have begun work to install a rooftop solar system at a Wakefern Food Corp. distribution center in Keasbey, N.J. The 2.4-megawatt solar system will supply power to a refrigerated warehouse and help to lower Wakefern’s electricity costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

“Wakefern has been committed to reducing its impact on the environment for more than 30 years,” said Joe Sheridan, president and COO of Wakefern Food Corp. “Generation of renewable energy is a natural next step in our commitment to sustainable business practices. We are delighted to partner with NJR Clean Energy Ventures to bring the power of solar energy to our perishable warehouse in Keasbey.”

Upon completion, the solar array is expected to produce nearly 2.9 million kilowatt hours annually.

NJRCEV will invest $6.9 million to develop and install the solar array across the 300,000 sq. ft. of rooftop. The system will be installed by Advanced Solar Products of Flemington, and is expected to be operational by the end of the year.