Public Service Electric and Gas Co. (PSE&G) and Rider University have inaugurated a 740 kW PV installation at Rider University's Lawrenceville, N.J., campus. The project is part of PSE&G's Solar 4 All program.
Earlier this fall, Rider opened North Hall, its first newly constructed academic building since 1988. North Hall was built to meet Silver certification standards by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System.
Rider pledged to meet the LEED standards when university President Mordechai Rozanski signed the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment, directing that all further new campus construction would be LEED certified. Rider's West Village Residence Halls, which opened in fall 2009, were certified LEED Silver shortly after their completion.
The solar system at Rider University is located on a 3.2-acre field in the northwest corner of the campus. The system comprises 2,640 ground-mounted crystalline solar panels that are connected directly to the electric grid. Alteris Renewables developed the project.