EPA unveils new solar farm at its Edison facility

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(Tony Caputo/News 12 New Jersey) Nearly 4,800 solar panels have been installed in an open area space on the EPA's Edison campus. (Tony Caputo/News 12 New Jersey) Nearly 4,800 solar panels have been installed in an open area space on the EPA's Edison campus.
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The Environmental Protection Agency is leading by example when it comes to providing energy to one of its own facilities.  The EPA facility on Woodbridge Avenue in Edison will now harness the power of the sun.

Nearly 4,800 solar panels have been installed in an open area space on the EPA's Edison campus.  

New EPA Regional Administrator Pete Lopez unveiled the solar farm Wednesday. He told News 12 New Jersey that he has often pushed for more solar panel installation.  

Lopez recently returned from Puerto Rico to evaluate the difficult situation on the island following Hurricane Maria.   

“As we look at Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, we should be embedding this technology in the major infrastructure supports. Water and sewer systems should have this available,” said Lopez.

Lopez said he believes if solar farms were built and survived a hurricane, they could also help generate power for plants to help rebuild, as well as individual homes, where thousands continue to live without electricity.  

As for the solar farm in Edison, it will now provide enough electricity to power 45 percent of the EPA campus' electrical demands.  

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