SHORT HILLS, NJ - The Mall at Short Hills today announced that construction is underway on a solar installation located on top of the shopping center’s parking decks. The nearly 3.5-MW solar system, which is expected to be operational in early 2018, will provide approximately 50 percent of the electricity required for heating, cooling and lighting the mall’s common areas.
No parking spaces will be lost, and during installation no disruption to shoppers is anticipated. The Mall at Short Hills has begun the municipal permitting process and has registered with the State of New Jersey’s Solar Renewable Energy Credits program.
“We’re committed to operating our center in a sustainable manner,” said Jamie Cox, general manager. “In October, we completed the conversion of approximately 8,700 florescent lamps inside the center and our parking garages to LED, extending the life of each lamp from 3-4 years to 10, and reducing energy usage by more than 40 percent. We’re now installing LED fixtures in the exterior parking areas. When we complete that work by the end of November, the combined lighting projects alone will achieve annual savings equivalent to the amount of energy required to power 115 average New Jersey homes for one year.”
In 2013, as part of the center’s Smart Building initiative, a fiber optic infrastructure was installed throughout the center to help effectively manage energy use. “That was a game-changer,” said Cox, “and today we can monitor, analyze and adjust our systems in real time, 24/7. Our lighting upgrades and the use of clean, renewable energy generated from state-of-the-art photovoltaic panels right here on our property will build on those capabilities.”