Green rooftops in vogue

Rooftops made with solar and other energy-reducing, greenhouse gas reducing materials are spreading across the globe.

In New York, building owners can even get tax credits by installing roof areas with green vegetation. If you want to start selling fruits and veggies to your local farmer’s market, just ask your building’s owners to give you a space to plant your tomatoes and peppers.

Solar rooftops, however, are getting to be more popular than the garden varieties. In New Jersey, the Atlantic City Convention Center will soon have the largest single roof-mounted solar array in the US, according to the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority.

Pepco Energy Services will build, own, operate and maintain the 2.36-megawatt solar array, which will be completed by December 31.

In Europe, General Motors is building the world’s largest rooftop solar photovoltaic power installation to its car assembly plant located in Figueruelas, Zaragoza, Spain. When the project is completed in the fall of 2008, the Zaragoza solar installation will cover about 2,000,000 sq. ft. of roof at the plant and comprises about 85,000 solar panels.

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