Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) said Feb. 5 that it recently put two new landfill solar farms in service as part of the utility’s Solar 4 All program.
The 10.14-MW (dc) Parklands Solar Farm in Bordentown, N.J., and the 11.18-MW (dc) Kinsley Solar Farm in Deptford, N.J., were brought online in late-December 2014. These are the two largest centralized solar projects built to date by PSE&G, creating a portfolio of 26 solar farms and 174,000 pole-attached solar units that supply more than 101 MW (dc) of electricity.
PSE&G has now built seven of its 26 solar farms on either a landfill or a brownfield site. With the addition of the Parkland and Kinsley projects, PSE&G said it has established itself as the utility leader in landfill/brownfield solar by utilizing more than 110 acres of landfill and brownfield space by installing more than 106,000 solar panels, capable of generating more than 31 MW (dc) of solar power.
“PSE&G is committed to supporting solar development in New Jersey while also maintaining the state’s scarce open space,” said Joe Forline, vice president, customer solutions for PSE&G. “Utilizing landfills like Kinsley and Parklands allows us to provide grid-connected renewable energy to our electric customers, increase the amount of solar generation in the state and also give new purpose to land that would otherwise have very limited opportunities for development.”
“Solar farms are a part of New Jersey’s future so it’s great to see PSE&G making these investments,” said New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney. “Landfill solar projects are good for our state’s environment, for public health and for the economy because they create jobs in the growing clean energy sector and protect the public health and the environment by reducing carbon emissions.”
“Waste Management is proud to partner with PSE&G to turn the Parklands Landfill into a solar farm,” said Tara Hemmer, vice president of Waste Management’s Greater Mid-Atlantic Area. “Projects and partnerships like this one will continue to reduce our carbon footprint, make our nation less dependent on foreign energy, and improve our environment.” Waste Management of New Jersey owns the Parklands site.
“I’ve always believed that the most important part of any successful endeavor is teamwork,” said Dan Edwards, president and CEO of Transtech Industries. “So it’s certainly no surprise that an all-around environmental, and energy win resulted from the professionalism of PSE&G, the expertise and dedication of our folks at our top-rated Kinsley Landfill, and the vision of our political leaders including Mayor Paul Medany of Deptford, State Senate President Stephen Sweeney, and Congressman Donald Norcross.” Transtech is the parent company of Kinsley Landfill Inc., owner of the Kinsley landfill.
Since 2009, PSE&G has invested more than $515m in its Solar 4 All program. 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. The Parklands and Kinsley projects are the first built as part of the 45-MW (dc) extension to the Solar 4 All effort that was approved in May 2013 by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU). The BPU approved the first 80 MW (dc) of Solar 4 All in July 2009.
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).