SunDurance Energy, Public Service Electric & Gas Co. (PSE&G) and the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission (NJMC) have dedicated the Kearny Landfill Solar Project, a 3 MW solar farm located at the previously dormant NJMC landfill 1A site.
The solar installation, the first on a state-owned landfill, was built through a partnership between the NJMC, SunDurance Energy and PSE&G. The project was supported by an $8.5 million grant by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, with funding made available to New Jersey under the federal American Reinvestment and Recovery Act and administered by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
The plant features 12,506 Kyocera solar panels mounted on 13 acres atop the 35-acre landfill. The NJMC leased the 13 acres to SunDurance Energy, which developed, designed and constructed the solar array. Prior to completion of the system, PSE&G purchased the project and took over the lease from SunDurance.
PSE&G now owns, operates and maintains the project as part of the utility's Solar 4 All program.