Long-closed New Jersey landfill hosts 25.6-MW solar project

Nov 30, 2022 09:59 PM ET
  • NJR Clean Energy Ventures (CEV), the renewable energy subsidiary of New Jersey Resources, finished the construction of a brand-new 25.6-MW solar project-- one of the largest capped landfill solar arrays in North America as well as the biggest in New Jersey.

Found on the site of the previous Combe Fill North Landfill in Mount Olive, the ground-mounted solar array includes roughly 56,900 photovoltaic panels as well as will offer enough clean energy to power over 4,000 homes yearly.

" NJR Clean Energy Ventures is committed to constructing a clean energy future with projects like the Mount Olive solar field," stated Steve Westhoven, President as well as Chief Executive Officer of New Jersey Resources. "By repurposing landfills and other underutilized spaces to generate clean, renewable energy, NJR is aiding to power a bright, sustainable future, today and supplying clean energy innovations that drive New Jersey toward our clean energy goals."

Shut for virtually four decades, the Mount Olive building ran as a landfill from 1966 to 1981. In 1982, it was put on the USA Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) National Priorities List of Superfund sites. Treatment 102 acres of underutilized brownfield, the clean power produced at the Mt. Olive solar field will feed right into the neighborhood circulation system as well as be marketed into the wholesale energy market with regional electrical grid driver PJM Interconnection.

The project was created, crafted and also permitted by CEP Renewables, a designer of grid-connected, utility-scale solar projects with proficiency in land unsuited for advancement, such as landfills, brownfields as well as Superfunds, to produce clean power. The landfill array was constructed by CS Energy using union labor.

" With international knowledge and also confirmed removal, engineering as well as allowing methods, CEP Renewables is a premier solar developer," claimed Robert Pohlman, VP of corporate method at CEV. "NJR Clean Energy Ventures has actually long supported state policy to prioritize underutilized land and bring complex solar projects-- from fertilization to energization-- to the industry."

CEV has and will certainly operate the facility. A leader in the solar industry, CEV has actually invested over $1 billion in household and commercial solar projects throughout New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island. With its portfolio of solar assets, CEV runs over 386 MW of mounted capacity, or enough clean energy to power roughly 65,000 homes.

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