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Hamilton’s 2560 East State St. Goes Solar

NEW JERSEY—Solis Partners has completed the installation of a 198-kilowatt rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) system at Princetel, a fiber-optic rotary joint manufacturer based in Hamilton.

The system was designed, engineered and constructed by Manasquan-based Solis Partners and installed on Princetel's 41,500-sq.-ft. facility at 2560 East State St.

Consisting of 932 solar panels, the system is expected to produce approximately 223,182 kilowatt hours of electricity within the first year of operation. This equates to the reduction of more than 339,284 pounds of CO2 emissions, which is the equivalent of offsetting the power demand of 19 residential homes or removing 30 cars from the road each year.

After purchasing the property in 2010, which was considered a brownfield, Princetel initiated a major site remediation replacing the soil on the 3.2-acre lot.

Following the brownfield remediation, Princetel upgraded the building and is currently seeking LEED "Gold" accreditation. Upgrades included installing new floors made with 100 percent recycled material; a 10,000-gallon rainwater harvesting system; and an energy-efficient air conditioning system. Princetel also has plans for a second phase of retrofits, which will include the installation of electric vehicle charging stations.

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