The pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline, GSK, will build the largest solar rooftop array in North America in York, PA. The array will stretch over seven American football fields, generating enough solar energy to support the whole plant. It will be the first Glaxo building to be completely powered by renewables.
Nearly 11,000 solar panels will cover an area on the roof which is about the size of seven American football fields. The solar panels will generate enough electricity to meet the annual energy needs of the nearly 500,000 square foot building. That’s equivalent to the power needed each year for almost 400 average sized homes.
“This solar rooftop array is a demonstration of GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare leadership not just in solar power, but in sustainability,” said John Clarke, president of GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare. “We hope that GSK’s renewable energy strategy will inspire other companies to look for ways to protect our planet.”