Jed Richardson, Johnson & Johnson for the largest ground mounted solar array

Jed Richardson

As the Global Energy Director for J&J, Jed Richardson is certain that he has the ideal job. From his days as an Electrical Engineering student at Rutgers, it was clear to him that we had to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. He feels fortunate to work for a company that not only brings focus to its sustainable energy goals by incorporating a position such as his into their organizational structure but also actively supports renewable energy projects.

Since 1943, J&J has followed a credo of corporate responsibility to its customers, employees, community, and stockholders. This credo provides the foundation for J&J’s commitment to sustainability. Today, J&J’s environmental and energy reduction goals reflect its credo commitments. A key aspect to the company’s commitment to sustainability is an aggressive set of sustainability goals that are backed up by measurable targets. The company’s goal to “reduce the environmental impacts of our operations,” for example, is translated into a measurable target of increasing on-site renewable and clean technology energy capacity to 50 megawatts by 2015. To help support success in meeting this target, J&J takes the further step of establishing an annual budget of $40 million for energy projects for the organization’s sites throughout the world.

J&J’s financing of their energy target has had a direct benefit to New Jersey: the company has constructed the largest solar energy installation of any of its sites anywhere in the world. Specifically, the confluence of New Jersey’s solar-friendly policies and J&J’s ambitious vision resulted in a 4.1 megawatt (MW) state-of-the-art, ground-mounted solar photovoltaic facility. The facility lies on 18 acres at the Janssen site in Titusville. Approximately 1,500 people work at this facility, and the solar panels, which track the sun from east to west, produces about 70 percent of the site’s energy needs. Two additional roof-top mounted solar systems have also been installed on the site for a total of over 4.7 MW supplying an estimated 85% of Janssen’s annual energy needs. If Janssen decides to put buildings on the land currently occupied by the solar facility, the panels can be relocated to the roof of the new structures.

With the 2011 Environmental Achievement Award, PlanSmart NJ applauds J&J, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, and Jed Richardson for their commitment and actions to improve the environment in a way that makes good business sense.

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