Delaware River Port Authority, Sunpower Solar Energy Project

Delaware River Port Authority, Sunpower Solar Energy Project

Project Overview

DRPA’s Sunpower Solar Energy Project is one of the largest transportation-related alternative energy initiatives in the Greater Philadelphia region. The DRPA conducted a solar feasibility assessment in 2017 for all DRPA and PATCO property. The results of the assessment determined that the DRPA would benefit from a large solar program. Eight (8) project sites were identified and a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) was recommended as the best approach for the DRPA. As envisioned, the project involved installing solar technology that generates an estimated 20 megawatts (MW) of electricity through a combination of ballasted flat roof mounts, ground mounted arrays, and solar canopies over parking, storage, and work areas.

The solar generation technology includes installation of more than 50,000 solar panels along with 133 high-efficiency solar photovoltaic parking canopies at seven sites. They include:

  • PATCO Ashland Station (Voorhees, NJ)
  • PATCO Lindenwold Station (Lindenwold, NJ)
  • PATCO Woodcrest Station (Cherry Hill, NJ)
  • PATCO Ferry Avenue Station (Camden, NJ)
  • Commodore Barry Bridge (Bridgeport, NJ)
  • Betsy Ross Bridge (Pennsauken, NJ)
  • One Port Center, DRPA’s headquarters (Camden, NJ)

Envision was responsible for providing public involvement services for the DRPA’s Solar Photovoltaic Systems project. Envision was also tasked with creating construction update flyers and factsheets, in addition to managing a stakeholder database. Photography and time-lapse video progression services to document and capture each phase of the project’s progression were also provided.

Project Information

Owner Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA)
Project Start April 2019
Project End April 2021
Project Cost $60M
Envision’s Role
  • Public Involvement
  • Photography
  • Time-lapse Video
  • Graphic Design