Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G), a gas and electric delivery utility operating in the U.S. state of New Jersey, will soon begin the transformation of disused, a 40 acre landfill site into a valuable 10.14 MW solar PV plant capable of providing clean electricity to 2,000 local households a year.
The Parklands landfill ceased operations in 1989 and, under PSE&Gs Solar 4 All program, will be turned into a solar park early next year. In total, the Solar 4 All program hopes to convert 80 acres of bronwfield and landfill space into viable solar parks, with PSE&G targeting 125 MW of solar PV capacity over the duration of the program.
Parklands Landfill is owned by Waste Management, a company that that provides waste management services across North America. Waste Management will work closely with PSE&G on the project to turn landfill into a solar farm the sixth such transformation of disused land that the utility company has been involved in.
Waste Managements VP for the greater Mid-Atlantic area Tara Hemmer said of the project: "Our company each day uses waste to produce enough renewable energy to power more than one million homes. Projects and partnerships like this one will continue to reduce our carbon footprint, make our nation less dependent on foreign energy policy, and improve our environment."
PSE&G launched the Solar 4 All program in 2009 and has since invested more than $480 million in the scheme, creating 1,600 jobs in the process. At the height of the construction work to transform Parklands Landfill into a solar park, PSE&G estimate that there will be as many as 100 people working onsite, including electricians, engineers, ironworkers and laborers.
"We are showing once again that solar development in general, and our Solar 4 All program in particular, can be a jobs and economic development engine in New Jersey," said PSE&G VP for customer solutions, Joe Forline. "Landfills like Parklands offer prime opportunities for large-scale solar developments that benefits New Jersey and our customers.
"We can convert this property into a productive asset that adds to the state’s inventory of renewable energy resources without reducing the state’s open space. And by connecting projects like this directly to the electric grid, we ensure that all of our electric customers are sharing in the benefits of solar generation."
The first phase of the Solar 4 All program added 80 MW of PV capacity to the local grid, with this latest project the first of the second phase.