JERSEY CITY, NJ – National logistics property REIT, Duke Realtywill host solar projects across one million square feet of itsproperty's rooftops. The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities hasselected four of the REIT's NJ industrial sites to implement theprojects.

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Totaling 11.07 megawatts, the projects serve as the first of77.61 megawatts of solar power awarded in the first year of NJBPU'sthree-year Community Solar Energy Pilot Program.

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Upon completion, the combined projects will make Duke Realty thelargest community solar project host in the state; delivering morethan 250 million kilowatt hours of renewable electricity to thecommunity throughout the next 20 years.

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For the projects, the REIT will partner with NJ-based,commercial and industrial solar integration developer, SolarLandscape. Solar Landscape will own and operate the projects.

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The projects aim to provide local homeowners, renters andbusinesses with discounted, clean energy, without the cost ofadding solar panels to their own properties.

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"We are pleased to have been selected as a major participant inthe first round of NJ community solar," said MeganBasore, Duke Realty's VP of corporateresponsibility. "For nearly 50 years, Duke Realty has been one ofthe most prolific developers of logistics space in the US, and weare proud to further our commitment to sustainable buildings withthese projects in the NJ market."

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"The industrial real estate market – with its massive, oftenunencumbered rooftop spaces – is critical to the success of the NewJersey Community Solar Energy Pilot Program. These large scaleprojects mean that energy can be generated remotely, and used byresidents all across NJ," said Shaun Keegan, CEO of SolarLandscape. "We are excited to partner with Duke Realty to bring thebenefits of this historic program directly to the community we callhome."

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Within the first year of the NJ Community Solar Pilot Program,the NJBPU received 252 submitted applications. From the first batchof applications, 45 projects were selected; allocating 77.61megawatts for the program. Winning more than 20 megawatts, SolarLandscape was awarded the most capacity of any contractor. Roundtwo of the pilot program is now underway.

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The partnership between Duke Realty and Solar Landscape wasforged through a shared commitment to the communities that thecompanies operate within.

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Leveraging its existing industrial rooftop space, Duke Realtywill host photovoltaic panels to generate solar power, while SolarLandscape will connect the produced power to NJ communities andbusinesses. Through the projects, Solar Landscape will also providecost-free, local solar energy job training and professionalcertifications to individuals within the communities.

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Solar Landscape expects that 51% of the electricity produced bythe projects will be sold to low and moderate income households,and more than 9,000 tons of carbon emissions will be prevented fromentering the atmosphere each year.

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"We want to have positive impact on the communities we serve andthe world in which we live," continues Basore. "Our partnershipwith Solar Landscape accomplishes those goals and demonstrates ourcommitment to environmental stewardship."

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"This opportunity represents what's possible when businessobjectives transcend the bottom line and seek to achieve a higherpurpose," said Keegan. "We believe the New Jersey Community SolarProgram and others like it have the power to transform communities,and we are truly excited about the possibilities ahead."

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Ingrid Tunberg sits on the editorial team as a coordinator and reporter for Real Estate Forum and GlobeSt.com. She is responsible for writing stories, assisting with industry awards and marketing nomination events. Previously, Ingrid worked as a copywriter across various industries throughout New York City and Chicago.