Public Service starts construction on 11-MW New Jersey solar project

New Jersey officials helped Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) mark the start of construction on its largest solar project to date, an 11.18-MW (dc) solar farm atop the closed Kinsley Landfill.

The Kinsley Solar Farm is the utility’s third project to transform New Jersey’s landfill space into clean, energy-producing solar farms, through its Solar 4 All program.

“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, in an Oct. 28 statement. “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.”

The solar farm will convert 35 acres of the 140-acre landfill site into a solar generation powerhouse. Through the installation of 36,841 solar panels, Kinsley will provide enough grid-connected electricity to power about 2,000 average-size homes annually. Kinsley’s Landfill Inc. owns the Kinsley Landfill, which closed in 1987.

In the spring of 2015, when the Kinsley Solar Farm is in service, PSE&G will have returned more than 110 acres of landfill and brownfield space across the state to good use by installing more than 106,000 solar panels, capable of generating more than 31 MW (dc) of solar power.

Conti Enterprises Inc. of Edison, N.J., one of the state’s largest solar developers, was selected as the engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the Kinsley Landfill Solar Farm project.

Solar 4 All is a 125 MW (dc) program that utilizes rooftops, parking lots, solar farms, utility poles and landfills/brownfields for large-scale, grid-connected solar projects. There are currently 80 MW (dc) in service all of which was developed during the program’s first phase.  In addition to the Kinsley project, the Parklands Solar Farm is also under construction as part of the Solar 4 All program’s second phase, which the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities approved in May 2013. It focuses on developing 42 MW (dc) of grid-connected solar capacity on landfills and brownfields during the next several years. 

PSE&G is New Jersey’s oldest and largest regulated gas and electric delivery utility, serving nearly three-quarters of the state’s population. It is a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group (NYSE: PEG).

The Conti Group is a global developer and builder of capital asset projects. The firm delivers infrastructure development and facilities across the United States and internationally. Based in Edison, New Jersey, and founded in 1906, Conti operates in the Energy, Environmental, Industrial and Infrastructure markets for the public and private sectors.

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