PSE&G begins construction on first of more than 20 solar projects

The facility is one of four ground-mounted solar farms that the utility is expected to develop as part of its USD$515 million ‘Solar 4 All’ program.

According to PSE&G, the project will comprise 15,750 solar panels covering 15.75 acres, and will be connected directly to the electric grid for the benefit of all its electric customers. It should produce enough electricity to power around 720 average-size homes.

The remaining three solar farms will be located at other sites owned by the utility, in: Linden (3.2 MWs), Edison (2 MWs) and Trenton (1.3 MWs).

All four sites, says PSE&G, will utilize crystalline solar panel technology and have monitoring and communications functionality. In addition, it is building a one MW solar system on the roof of its Central Electric headquarters in Somerset, New Jersey, and a 700-kilowatt solar system at its Edison Training and Development Center facility in Edison, New Jersey.

Job creation

In total, PSE&G has said it hopes to develop more than 20 solar projects. It explains this represents an investment of more than USD$140 million, will create almost 300 jobs and provide New Jersey with 30 MWs of solar-generated power.

"This [the Yardville Solar Farm] is one of many projects that PSE&G is developing as we invest more than USD$750 million to increase access to solar energy in New Jersey," commented Al Matos, PSE&G’s vice president of renewables and energy solutions.

"Clean energy investments are key to a sustainable future. In addition to being good for the environment, these investments are creating jobs and helping New Jersey to build a new, green sector that will strengthen the skills of the workforce and our state’s ability to compete globally."

State regulators approved PSE&G’s Solar 4 All program last July. The program involves a USD$515 million investment in 80 MWs of solar power and creating green jobs.

Its first segment consists of installing up to 40 MWs of pole-attached smart solar units in neighborhoods on utility poles in PSE&G’s service territory, while the second phase focuses on 40 MWs of centralized solar facilities, such as the Yardville Solar Farm and other solar sites on PSE&G owned or leased properties.