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When Superman is your favorite superhero, life can be pretty lonely. Every kid besides me preferred Batman. Didn’t matter that Supes could fly and lift mountains. Batman had money, a fast car and a cool mask. In 2011 though, I think Superman can have the last laugh because he’s an alternatively fueled superhero.

Superman’s powers of strength, flight, invincibility and that rocking awesome heat vision come from Earth’s yellow sun. He soaks up the solar energy like a living battery and jets off for truth and justice with no pollution trailing that red cape. By contrast, the Batmobile burns jet fuel…Holy gas-guzzling, Batman!

Although the song says never to do it, UPS is tugging on Superman’s cape a little bit with the installation of solar panels on the roof of our facility in Lakewood, New Jersey. Located about an hour outside of the original Metropolis, New York City, the 70,000 square-foot package center has been outfitted with more than 62,000 solar modules on the roof contained in more than 1,000 individual solar panels.

UPS engineers have determined the new panels provide the equivalent of almost 30 percent of the facility’s annual energy needs. The 250 kilowatt system is expected to produce roughly 270,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually. During the day, the panels send that energy to the grid for everyone else to use.

UPS engineers are constantly re-evaluating and re-engineering their cars, trucks, buildings and gadgets to make them as energy efficient as possible. One of the main priorities is reducing dependence on imported energy. The Lakewood facility is a sequel of sorts to our first solar foray in Palm Springs, California in 2004, where we installed a 100 kilowatt solar array.    

We are continuing to look for other suitable places to install solar out of our 1,800 domestic sites. The hope is to eventually have an additional 3 megawatts of solar power generation throughout UPS’s operation – now that’s Superman-scale sun power! In the meantime, the New Jersey facility is the next step in the right direction, with solar panels that could give Snooki that signature flash-fry tan in a fraction of the time it takes one of her tanning beds.

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  1. frontlinemobility.com is going green as well

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