Here comes the sun

Some of the 7,300 solar panels installed on AstraZeneca's Wilmington campus

AstraZeneca today announced the installation of a 7,300-panel solar energy project on its Wilmington campus, taking a significant step towards reducing the company’s impact on the environment globally.

“Producing green electricity on our campus is a significant step toward reducing our impact on the environment,” said Rich Fante, President, AstraZeneca U.S. & CEO, North America.

Fante (left) was joined by Delaware Governor Jack Markell (center) and U.S. Rep. John Carney of Delaware (right) for a ribbon-cutting ceremony atop a parking garage on AstraZeneca’s Wilmington campus, where many of the project’s panels were installed.

The project will produce energy equivalent to about 10 percent of the campus’ office building electricity use, and produce green electricity that is the equivalent of removing the greenhouse gas emissions of more than 300 cars from the road per year.

The project is expected to produce 2.1 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year, which is enough to power upwards of 100 homes. It also will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 1,200 metric tons per year.

– By Tom Hushen