Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) began construction on a 10.14-MW solar farm on 40-acres at the former Parklands Landfill. The project is part of PSE&G's Solar 4 All program, which utilizes rooftops, solar farms, utility poles and landfills/brownfields for large-scale, grid connected solar projects.
"Landfills like Parklands offer prime opportunities for large-scale solar development that benefits New Jersey and our customers," said Joe Forline - vice president, customer solutions - PSE&G. "We can convert this property into a productive asset that adds to New Jersey's inventory of renewable energy resources without reducing the state's open space. And by connecting projects like this directly to the electric grid, we ensure that all of our electric customers are sharing in the benefits of solar generation."
The Parklands Solar Farm is expected to be completed in early 2015. Upon completion, the program will have utilized 80 acres of landfill and brownfield space, and installed more than 70,000 solar panels, capable of generating more than 20-MW of solar power.
Conti Enterprises Inc. will serve as the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the project.
The Parklands Landfill ceased operations in 1989.
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