N.J. Governor Breaks Ground On Solar Farm; Utility Plans Solar Expansion


Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., joined Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) and union workers to break ground on the 1.06 MW PSE&G Hackensack Solar Farm, located on a brownfield site in Hackensack, N.J.

The project is part of the utility's Solar 4 All program. When the current Solar 4 All program is complete early next year, PSE&G will have developed more than 80 MW of solar capacity, the utility says.

Reclaiming brownfields and landfills has been a centerpiece of the initiative. In addition to the Hackensack project, similar installations are in service in Trenton, Edison, Linden and Kearny.

Additionally, the utility plans to request New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) approval to invest up to $883 million to expand the Solar 4 All and solar loan programs to develop an additional 233 MW of solar capacity.

PSE&G's new solar proposal will call for investing up to $690 million to develop another 136 MW through its Solar 4 All program to build more grid-connected solar projects on landfills, brownfields and other underutilized properties (90 MW), on warehouse roofs (20 MW) and on large parking lots (25 MW).

There is also a 1 MW pilot program for solar projects that test and demonstrate emerging solar technologies. The company also is seeking to help develop another 97 MW through the third installment of its solar loan program.

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