Construction begins at PSE&G’s landfill solar farm

Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G), New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin and New Jersey State Senator Donald Norcross celebrated the start of construction on its largest solar project to date, an 11.18-MW solar farm at the Kinsley Landfill.

“Two clear goals of New Jersey’s energy policy are to support solar development in the state and maintain our scarce open space,” said Ralph LaRossa, PSE&G president and chief operating officer.  “Projects like this one at the Kinsley Landfill allow PSE&G to help New Jersey realize both goals.  We are building enough grid-connected solar generation to power thousands of homes while reclaiming landfill space that has limited development opportunities.”

When completed, the solar farm will have converted 35 acres of the 140-acre landfill site with 36,841 solar panels.

“The Christie Administration is committed to promoting and expanding the state’s solar industry, which is a critical element of our long-term energy strategy,” said Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin.

Conti Enterprises Inc. will serve as the engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the project.

The Kinsley Solar Farm is the utility’s third project to transform a state landfill into a solar facility, through its Solar 4 All(TM) program. Solar 4 All is a 125-MW program that utilizes rooftops, parking lots, solar farms, utility poles and landfills/brownfields for large-scale, grid-connected solar projects.  

Kinsley’s Landfill Inc. owns Kinsley Landfill, which closed in 1987.

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