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With the flip of a switch on Thursday, September 23, the largest solar panel array in New Jersey came to life on the campus of Janssen, Division of Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., as company leaders and employees inaugurate the largest solar installation of any site among the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies around the world.
The 4.1 megawatt solar photovoltaic array of 13,496 ground-mounted panels tracks the sun from east to west, and is estimated to generate enough energy to provide 70 percent of the site’s annual electricity needs, or roughly the amount needed to power 600 homes annually. The Titusville site, which hosts multiple Johnson & Johnson companies, broke ground on the array in April.
“Our contributions here in Titusville are part of a larger shared commitment to renewable energy with colleagues at other sites in the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies,” said Joaquin Duato, Company Group Chairman, Pharmaceuticals-The Americas. “Our employees are eager to continue this legacy in Titusville, where we installed our first solar panels in 2004. We’re proud to be doing the right thing for the environment where we work and where we live.”
In addition to the Titusville site, Johnson & Johnson has solar power systems planned or completed at 20 sites worldwide, which together represent an installed capacity of about 13 megawatts.
The Titusville campus is one of several Johnson & Johnson sites that are certified as Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) sites. LEED is an internationally recognized green certification system aimed at improving performance across key metrics, such as energy savings, water efficiency, carbon dioxide emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Green Power Partnership lists the company as the nation’s sixth-largest purchaser of renewable energy. Johnson & Johnson also has received six Green Power Leadership Awards from the EPA and Department of Energy since 2002.
The Titusville site houses multiple companies, including Janssen, McNeil Pediatrics, and Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceuticals (divisions of Ortho-McNeil Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc), Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, L.L.C., Ortho-McNeil Janssen Scientific Affairs, L.L.C., and Global Pharmaceutical Supply Chain. All are members of the Johnson & Johnson family of companies.
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