Vermont governor helps dedicate PSEG Essex Solar Center project

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin on June 5 joined PSEG Solar Source, Encore Redevelopment, juwi solar Inc. (JSI) and Vermont Electric Power Producers Inc. (VEPP) to dedicate the 3.6-MW (dc) PSEG Essex Solar Center.

The facility, located roughly four miles northeast of Burlington, Vermont, is the state’s largest solar farm. The 15-acre PSEG Essex Solar Center began commercial operations in October. It uses approximately 12,000 photovoltaic solar panels.

“The PSEG Essex Solar Center is a great fit with Vermont’s commitment to a future of clean, renewable energy sources,” Gov. Shumlin said. “Now more than ever, it is critical that we adopt cleaner, cheaper and more secure local electrical generation that increases our competitiveness, reduces air pollution, improves public health and creates jobs.”

The Essex facility is PSEG Solar Source’s 10th installation, totaling 110 MW (dc), in eight states including Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, New Jersey, Ohio and Texas.

“The PSEG Essex Solar Center helps point the way forward, toward a sustainable future for all,” said Diana Drysdale, president of PSEG Solar Source. “We are proud to be a part of a project that contributes to Vermont’s clean-energy economy and supports the State’s goal of increasing the amount of locally generated renewable energy. Today we dedicate the largest solar project in Vermont and celebrate a milestone in providing green energy for the people of the Green Mountain State.”

The solar farm was developed and constructed by JSI, which will serve as the plant operator. It has a 25-year power purchase agreement with VEPP as part of the Vermont Sustainably Priced Energy Enterprise Development (SPEED) program.

PSEG Solar Source’s other operating facilities are:

  • PSEG Mars Solar Garden, a 2.2-MW facility located at Mars Snackfood’s U.S. headquarters in Hackettstown, New Jersey. 
  • PSEG Shasta Solar Farm, two adjacent facilities totaling 4.4 MW located in Shasta County, California.
  • PSEG Wyandot Solar Farm, a 12-MW solar farm in Wyandot County, Ohio. 
  • PSEG Jacksonville Solar Farm, a 15-MW facility in Jacksonville, Florida.
  • PSEG Milford Solar Farm, a 15-MW solar farm in Milford, Delaware.
  • PSEG Badger 1 Solar Farm, a 19.3-MW  facility located west of Phoenix, Arizona.
  • PSEG Queen Creek Solar Farm, a 25.2-MW solar farm in Queen Creek, Arizona.
  • PSEG El Paso Solar Energy Center, a 13-MW solar farm in El Paso, Texas.

PSEG Solar Source is a subsidiary of PSEG Power, a merchant power generation company which is part of the Public Service Enterprise Group (NYSE: PEG) family of companies.

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