Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G, NYSE: PEG) dedicated the 3 MW Kearny Landfill Solar Farm in New Jersey on May 8. The project is part of PSE&G’s Solar 4 All program and was built on a 13-acre capped section of the closed NJMC 1A Landfill.
The project is a joint effort between PSE&G, the NJMC, which manages the landfill, and New Jersey-based solar developer SunDurance Energy. It uses 12,500 solar panels and was funded in part by an $8.5 million New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) American Recovery and Reinvestment Act State Energy Program grant awarded to the NJMC.
PSE&G owns and operates the solar farm and leases the land from the NJMC. The facility began operations in December 2011. The Kearny Landfill Solar Farm joins three other PSE&G Solar 4 All projects in Linden, Trenton and Edison that utilize brownfields. Another brownfield solar farm is in development on PSE&G property in Hackensack.
Solar 4 All is a $450 million program to develop 80 MW of solar capacity while creating jobs, helping New Jersey reach its renewable energy goals and increasing the state's reputation as a national leader in solar development. More than 64 MW already are in service, with the rest expected to be in service by late 2012 or early 2013.
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