McKesson Signs Deal for Solar at New Jersey Distribution Center

McKesson NRG solar array New Jersey health distribution center
Credit: Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, Flickr Creative Commons

Healthcare supply chain solutions provider McKesson Corporation signed a deal today with NRG to install solar arrays at a distribution center in Robbinsville, New Jersey. The solar power purchase agreement calls for rooftop and ground-mounted solar arrays that will have a capacity up to 3 MW, according to the announcement.

“[T]he solar arrays will reduce costs for McKesson, producing electricity equal to approximately 74% of the facility’s annual consumption,” the announcement says. “The estimated electricity produced in one year of the project is equivalent to powering about 400 homes.”

This agreement was supported by a collaboration with sustainability program management as a service provider Sustainability Roundtable Inc. as well as with CBRE’s energy platform. Earlier this year the EPA recognized CBRE Group for its Energy Star performance.

McKesson, a high-ranking Fortune 500 company headquartered in San Francisco that provides medical supplies, medicine, and services to health care organizations, stated that the PPA with NRG is part of a multi-phase sustainability plan. During this fiscal year, McKesson implemented a new environmental reporting platform that allows the company to aggregate data and pinpoint carbon dioxide emissions by facility.

Starting in FY18, those reports should help the company set internal targets for reductions, according to McKesson’s current corporate social responsibility report. Other emissions reductions strategies in North America include fleet optimization, using Energy Star Portfolio Manager, LED lighting retrofits, and seeking LEED certification.

Michael Huaco, SVP and global head of real estate for McKesson noted in a press release that the corporation’s commitment to renewable energy is an important part of driving shareholder value. “The recent innovations in solar technologies and materials are primed to bring these benefits to our industry on a broad scale,” he said.

NRG and McKesson will work with local authorities in New Jersey to complete the project from the initial planning stage through to the final installation, the companies say. They estimate it will be fully operational in 2018. Once solar has been added to the distribution center in New Jersey, McKesson expects to develop arrays on its other distribution centers around the country.

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