South Brunswick, N.J., July 28, 2011 — Public Service Electric and Gas Co. and Matrix Development Group cut the ribbon on a new rooftop solar installation at a Matrix-owned building in South Brunswick, N.J.
Solar 4 All is a nationally recognized program that will over three years develop 80 solar MW — enough power to serve about 13,000 average-sized New Jersey homes. The program is structured so the financial benefits — the value of the solar credits, federal tax credits and the sale of the solar energy and capacity — are returned to customers by offsetting the overall cost of the program.
In addition to the South Brunswick site, Matrix also hosts a 2.8-MW solar system in Perth Amboy that has been in service since January 2011. Both Matrix projects are part of the "centralized" half of Solar 4 All – PSE&G owns and maintains the grid-connected solar systems and leases the roof space from Matrix.
The Matrix building is located at 45 Stults Road in South Brunswick, N.J. The solar system is comprised of 12,684 crystalline solar panels. The panels cover more than 318,000 square feet of roof space in total and are connected directly to the electric grid for the benefit of all PSE&G electric customers. They will produce enough solar electricity to power about 500 average-size homes.
PSE&G is using leading solar energy companies to help deploy solar systems across the state. Pro-Tech Energy Solutions of Branchburg, NJ developed the Stults Road project.
In addition to the two Matrix sites, PSE&G has built solar systems at five Newark schools totaling 2.7 MW and a 1.7 MW solar system on a CenterPoint Properties warehouse in Bayonne. PSE&G has also installed solar systems at it own facilities – a 0.9 MW system at its Central Division Headquarters in Somerset, NJ and a 0.7 MW system at its Edison Training and Development Center, which includes roof, ground, carport and pole-attached installations.
The utility also has four large ground-mounted solar farms in service on PSE&G-owned properties. These solar farms are located in Yardville (4.4 MW) Linden (3.2 MW), Edison (2.0 MW) and Trenton (1.3 MW). Each are among the largest solar farms developed in New Jersey and three (Edison, Trenton and Linden) were built on remediated brownfields.
State regulators approved PSE&G's Solar 4 All program in July 2009. The approved program required the utility to make investments to install 80 MW of solar power, enhancing the economic growth of New Jersey, creating jobs and vastly increasing the amount of renewable energy capacity in the state of New Jersey.
The program's first segment consists of installing up to 40 MW of highly distributed pole-attached smart solar units in neighborhoods on utility poles in PSE&G's electric service territory, which includes the state's six largest cities and roughly 300 rural and suburban communities. This is the largest pole-attached solar installation in the world, with the smart solar units connected directly into PSE&G's electric distribution system providing solar generated power to all customers.
The second segment of the Solar 4 All program focuses on 40 MW of centralized solar facilities, such as the Matrix system and other solar sites on PSE&G owned or leased properties connected directly to the grid thus benefiting all customers.