Public Service Electric and Gas wrapping up major solar project on top of landfill

Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) said Nov. 5 that it is building its largest community solar project on the closed L&D Landfill in Burlington County, N.J.

When it goes into service later this year, the L&D Solar Farm will cover more than 50 acres with 41,720 solar panels that will generate enough electricity to power 2,000 New Jersey homes annually. It is the latest of PSE&G’s grid connected community solar facilities that give new life to landfill space and produces power up to 40% cheaper than residential rooftop solar installations. Community solar projects like these allow all customers to get the benefits of solar power, the utility said.

The 12.93-MW (dc) L&D Solar Farm is located in the Burlington County towns of Eastampton, Lumberton and Mount Holly. It will be the largest solar farm that PSE&G has built to date.

Working with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU), PSE&G has made reclaiming otherwise unusable space the recent focus of its Solar 4 All program. PSE&G has converted more than 150 acres of landfill or brownfield space into clean energy producing solar farms. With more than 140,000 solar panels, together, these sites generate 45 MW (dc) of solar power.

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), a diversified energy company.

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