HAGERSTOWN, Md. | News Release — SoCore Energy has completed its largest commercial rooftop installation at the FedEx Ground hub in Hagerstown, Maryland.
The 2.7 megawatt (MW) system features more than 8,000 solar panels and produces enough solar power to prevent over 5 million pounds of carbon dioxide from traditional electricity generation sources from entering the environment annually.
“This is truly an exciting day for SoCore,” said SoCore President Pete Kadens. “I’m proud of our engineers, project managers and account managers for working tirelessly to deliver this impressive project to a fantastic client like FedEx Ground.”
The 590,000-square-foot FedEx Ground hub, which recently completed a 150,000-square-foot expansion, employs more than 900 people.
On Friday, April 10, SoCore and FedEx Ground hosted a solar dedication ceremony to celebrate the installation, during which executives from both companies flipped a celebratory switch, officially activating the solar installation.
“This is an impressive, state-of-the-art solar installation, which will benefit FedEx and its customers, the Hagerstown community and the State of Maryland,” said Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). “We congratulate SoCore for bringing this terrific project online and for being a leading champion of clean, reliable and affordable solar energy. According to our projections, this project will help Maryland achieve a record year for solar growth in 2015.”
Friday’s festivities also included scissor lift tours, providing guests with the unique opportunity to get a bird’s eye view of the solar installation.
FedEx Ground hosts the Maryland hub’s solar array, and SoCore owns, operates and maintains the system. This operating model has proven to be successful for the two companies at locations across the country, including a 1.4 MW rooftop installation at the FedEx Ground hub in Dallas, Texas.