New Jersey's oldest and largest regulated gas and electric utility, Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G), has completed grid interconnection work at its near 13 MW L&D Solar Farm located on a Waste Management site spanning the towns of Eastampton, Lumberton and Mount Holly, NJ.
The utility said that the 12.93 MWsolar farm is its largest to date and one of the largest landfill solar farms in the U.S. It is comprised of 41,720 solar panels that cover 53 acres of landfill space and is claimed to generate enough electricity to power 2000 average-size New Jersey homes annually.
Waste Management of New Jersey, Inc. owns the L&D Landfill and PSE&G owns and operates the solar farm as part of its Solar 4 All® Program. The engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the L&D Solar Farm is German headquartered firm juwi.
"The L&D Solar Farm is another great example of how landfill-based community solar can increase renewable energy in New Jersey while also giving new purpose to land that would otherwise have very limited development opportunities," commented Courtney McCormick, vice president - renewables and energy solutions for PSE&G.
"We have identified dozens of additional landfills that are suitable for solar development and stand ready and willing to return more of these sites to productive use through solar development," he added.
PSE&G said that the L&D Solar Farm is the 28th grid-connected centralised facility developed as part of its Solar 4 All project and the eighth built on a landfill or brownfield site.
The company added that its Solar 4 All is developing 125 MW of solar capacity directly connected to the grid and has now utilised 170 acres of landfill and brownfield space by installing more than 150,000 solar panels, capable of generating 45 MW of solar power.
"The L&D Solar Farm is an environmental and economic asset for the region that expands the use of clean, renewable energy in New Jersey," commented Tara Hemmer, vice president of Waste Management's Greater Mid-Atlantic Area.
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