Newark, N.J., Jan. 23, 2023—Port Newark Container Terminal (PNCT) has embarked on a 7.2 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic solar project to generate power in the terminal and reduce greenhouse gas emissions at its 320-acre facility in Newark, N.J. The first phase of the project was switched on at a special event on Friday, Jan. 20, attended by Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, as well as representatives of PNCT, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and Standard Solar.
PNCT, a joint venture between Ports America and Terminal Investment Limited (TiL), has partnered with Standard Solar under a 25-year power purchase agreement for the installation of two rooftop solar arrays and five carport arrays, including a 3.8 MW canopy spanning multiple truck lanes at the facility. The project also includes 15 electric vehicle charging stations for use by PNCT employees, staff, and EV terminal vehicles. When completed at the end of 2023, the two-phase initiative will produce 8,476 megawatt hours per year—approximately 50 percent of PNCT’s annual electrical demand, reducing electrical demand from the Newark area electrical grid.
Over the past decade, PNCT has invested in a series of green initiatives designed to streamline operations and reduce emissions, according to Jim Pelliccio, President and CEO of PNCT. Completed projects include the conversion of all terminal lighting to LED fixtures; installation of hybrid straddle carriers and energy-efficient electric cranes; installation of a 1 MW natural gas generator.
“This solar project will significantly reduce Port Newark’s emissions profile,” Pelliccio said. “It’s another important step toward addressing a key concern of Newark city officials and residents.”
PNCT’s solar project is estimated to save 6,007 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year. This reduction is equivalent to removing 1,294 gasoline-powered cars or 15 million miles driven annually by a gasoline-powered passenger vehicle.
“Working with our partners for a more sustainable Newark is an immense priority for my administration,” said Mayor Baraka. “We are acting locally while thinking globally on this world-changing issue. Port Newark’s solar energy project will help make our city healthier for present and future generations alike. We must continue efforts that combine our local infrastructure with clean power generation, driving Newark Forward—building new jobs, increasing the air quality of our community, and doing our part to fight climate change.”
A long-term strategic plan implemented over the past decade has increased efficiency at Port Newark Container Terminal, positioning PNCT as a key player in addressing global supply chain issues.
“Growing capacity through facility upgrades with a focus on making a positive impact on our local community, our region and the environment,” Pelliccio said. “Our goal is to firmly cement PNCT’s status as the best choice for East Coast terminal services, now and in the future.”
The Port Newark Container Terminal (PNCT) is a major component of the Port of New York and New Jersey infrastructure. Located on the Newark Bay in Port Newark, N.J., PNCT serves as the principal container shipping facility for goods entering and leaving the New York/Newark metropolitan area. As one of the largest infrastructure projects in New Jersey, PNCT has invested more than $500 million into its expansion. PNCT’s plans include significant additional investments, both near-term and long-term, for the further development, modernization, and expansion of Port Newark.
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