A 13-MW solar farm built on a former Superfund site is now in operation and generating electricity for Public Service Electric and Gas customers in New Jersey.
The Cinnaminson Solar Farm is part of PSE&G’s Solar 4 All program. It was built on 25 acres of reclaimed Superfund landfill space and includes 32,490 solar panels.
“The Cinnaminson Solar Farm continues the work of our Solar 4 All program by putting landfill space with very limited development options to good use in the production of clean, renewable solar energy,” said Karen Reif, vice president of renewables and energy solutions for PSE&G. “Our solar projects are just one more way that PSE&G is working to advance New Jersey energy policy and provide a clean energy future for our state.”
Waste Management of New Jersey owns the Cinnaminson Landfill, and PSE&G owns and operates the solar farm.
“Waste Management has always been a proponent of renewable energy projects,” commented Rafael Carrasco, area vice president for the Greater Mid-Atlantic area. “As the largest landfill gas to energy developer and operator in North America, we have generated enough renewable energy to power more than 460,000 homes and we are advancing projects to power our own fleet of CNG vehicles with landfill gas promoting a circular economy.”
The Cinnaminson Solar Farm is the 33rd Solar 4 All project, with six built on landfill sites and four built on brownfield sites. These 10 solar farms utilize more than 200 acres of landfill and brownfield space by installing more than 200,000 solar panels, capable of generating 65 MW of solar power, which is enough to power about 10,000 homes annually.
“Land revitalization is a top priority of EPA’s Superfund cleanup mission,” said EPA Regional Administrator Pete Lopez. “The Superfund Redevelopment Initiative has helped the Cinnaminson community reclaim and reuse this contaminated land, improving the quality of life, raising property values, and providing an environmentally-beneficial energy alternative.”
Since 2009, PSE&G has invested more than $600 million on the Solar 4 All program and created hundreds of jobs. At the height of construction, there were approximately 75 people on-site working on the Cinnaminson solar project in a range of jobs, including electricians, engineers, carpenters, heavy equipment operators and laborers.
PSE&G hired CS Energy, an industry leading solar installer, to act as turnkey engineering, procurement, and construction contractor for the Cinnaminson Solar Farm.
The EPA had cleaned up the Superfund site since groundwater contamination was discovered at the landfill site in the 1980s.