ATLANTIC CITY, NJ-The building itself has 500,000 sf of contiguous floor space and nearly as much roof space. And about two-thirds of the roof space of the Atlantic City Convention Center, or approximately 290,000 sf, is about to be turned into what officials are calling the US’ largest single-building solar energy project.

Officials of the Atlantic City Convention and Visitors Authority, operators of the 11-year-old facility, say they have signed a deal with the Pepco Energy Services subsidiary of Arlington, VA-based Pepco Holdings that calls for installation of more than 13,300 photovoltaic panels on the facility’s rooftop in a project that’s expected to generate nearly 2.4 megawatts of energy. Construction is slated to start later this month, with completion by the end of December.

Under the terms of the 20-year agreement, Pepco will pay the cost of the installation, and will own and operate it. The convention center, which is owned by the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority, will then buy the electricity being generated from Pepco. ACCVA officials estimate that they will save nearly $4.5 million in electricity costs over the life of the contract.

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