Public Service Electric powers up 13-MW landfill solar project in New Jersey

Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) announced Feb. 4 that its L&D Solar Farm is interconnected to the grid and supplying solar power to PSE&G electric customers.

The 12.93-MW (dc) solar farm is PSE&G’s largest to date and one of the largest landfill-sited solar farms in the U.S. It is comprised of 41,720 solar panels that cover 53 acres of landfill space spanning the towns of Eastampton, Lumberton and Mount Holly in New Jersey.

Waste Management of New Jersey Inc. owns the L&D Landfill and PSE&G owns and operates the solar farm as part of its Solar 4 All Program. The engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the project is juwi Inc., one of the world’s largest renewable energy companies.  

“The L&D Solar Farm is another great example of how landfill-based community solar can increase renewable energy in New Jerseywhile also giving new purpose to land that would otherwise have very limited development opportunities,” said Courtney McCormick, vice president-renewables and energy solutions for PSE&G. “We have identified dozens of additional landfills that are suitable for solar development and stand ready and willing to return more of these sites to productive use through solar development.”

The L&D Solar Farm is the 28th grid-connected centralized Solar 4 All project and the eighth built on a landfill or brownfield site. The Solar 4 All program has now utilized 170 acres of landfill and brownfield space by installing more than 150,000 solar panels, capable of generating 45 MW (dc).

“Waste Management is proud to be part of this project with PSE&G,” said Tara Hemmer, vice president of Waste Management’s Greater Mid-Atlantic Area. “The L&D Solar Farm is an environmental and economic asset for the region that expands the use of clean, renewable energy in New Jersey.”

“We are excited to have deployed our engineering and construction expertise to a significant landfill redevelopment application,” said Michael Martin, CEO of juwi. ” juwi, Waste Management, PSE&G and other local stakeholders worked diligently and in harmony to maximize this project on landfill space in a manner that honors important environmental considerations and requirements.””

Solar 4 All is a 125 MW (dc) community solar program that utilizes rooftops, parking lots, utility poles and landfills/ brownfields for large-scale, grid connected solar projects. There are currently 114 MW (dc) of the 125 MW (dc) total in service. 

Public Service Electric and Gas 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).

Waste Management, based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal services. It is also a leading developer, operator and owner of landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the United States.

juwi Inc. is a privately-held solar energy generation company based in Boulder, Colorado. juwi’s primary business is the development, design, construction, operation and maintenance of utility-scale (1 MW and larger) solar energy generation facilities in North America. To date juwi has developed and built large-scale solar projects in eleven different states in the United States, totaling more than 200 MWs of operating capacity.

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