Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Clean Power

Tally Two New Landfill Solar Farms in New Jersey

At the close of 2014 two Public Service Enterprise Group landfill solar farms in New Jersey went online with the grid, able to provide enough estimated electricity to power some 3,500 homes annually.

Developed under the utility’s “Solar 4 All” umbrella, the projects at the Kinsley Solar Farm (11.18 MW) in Deptford, New Jersey and the Parklands Solar Farm (10.14 MW) in Bordentown, New Jersey, represent the two largest centralized solar projects built to date by Public Service Enterprise Group (PSE&G).

PSE&G solar_farm_infographicPSE&G now counts a total renewable energy portfolio of 26 solar farms and 174,000 pole-attached solar units that supply more than 101 MW of electricity.  Seven of those solar farms have been built on either landfill or brownfield sites.  In total, more than 110 acres of landfill and brownfield space features the installation of more than 106,000 solar panels with a generating capacity exceeding 31 MW of renewable power, or enough power to supply 5,000 homes annually.

“Utilizing landfills like Kinsley and Parklands allows us to provide grid-connected renewable energy to our electric customers, increase the amount of solar generation in the state and also give new purpose to land that would otherwise have very limited opportunities for development,” said Joe Forline, vice president, customer solutions for PSE&G, in a press announcement.

Specifically, the Parklands Solar Farm transforms 40 acres of landfill space into a solar generation locale containing 33,402 solar panels. The Kinsley Solar Farm fills 35 acres of unused landfill space with 36,841 solar panels. Estimates show these solar farms will generate enough electricity annually to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by about 15,000 tons.

New Jersey Senate president Stephen Sweeney has championed landfill solar projects like these, stating they are not just good for the state’s environment and public health, they are a plus for the economy, creating jobs in the growing clean energy sector.

Since 2009, PSEG has invested over $515 million in its “Solar 4 All” program, creating some 1,600 jobs in the process. Construction estimates show approximately 200 people worked on the Kinsley and Parklands projects, including electricians, engineers, heavy equipment operators, ironworkers, laborers and truck drivers.

“The benefits of the Parklands Solar Farm extend far beyond supplying renewable energy,” said New Jersey State Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo as part of this press announcement.  “In addition to powering hundreds of homes and businesses, turning a landfill green with solar power and helping to improve New Jersey’s environment, it also created dozens of good jobs in a wide range of trades.”

Waste Management of New Jersey, which owns the Parklands site, partnered with PSE&G in the development and planning. Tara Hemmer, vice president of Waste Management’s Greater Mid-Atlantic area, said, “Projects and partnerships like this one will continue to reduce our carbon footprint, make our nation less dependent on foreign energy, and improve our environment.”

Transtech Industries is the parent company of Kinsley Landfill, Inc., owners of the Kinsley landfill. Dan Edwards, Transtech president and CEO, said, “It’s certainly no surprise that an all-around environmental, and energy win resulted from  the professionalism of PSE&G, the expertise and dedication of our folks at our top-rated Kinsley Landfill, and the vision of our political leaders including Mayor Paul Medany of Deptford, State Senate President Stephen Sweeney, and Congressman Donald Norcross.”

The Parklands and Kinsley Solar Farms are the first built as part of the 45 MW extension to the Solar 4 All effort that was approved in May, 2013 by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU).  The BPU approved the first 80 MW of Solar 4 All in July 2009.

PSEG MM62627LOGOAccording to the PSE&G website, Solar 4 All provides the following benefits to New Jersey customers:

  • The program is helping to create jobs and drive economic development by making New Jersey a leading state for solar power.
  • The power generated by Solar 4 All projects is used by all PSE&G electric customers.
  • Solar 4 All provides New Jersey with clean, carbon-free renewable energy, replacing some amount of traditional fossil fuel electric generation.
  • The value from the sale of electricity and capacity into the wholesale electric market, the solar renewable energy certificates (SRECs) that it generates and the federal investment tax credits are used to help offset the cost of the program.
  • Solar 4 All is turning landfills and brownfields green by building solar farms on this otherwise unusable space.

Solar 4 All is divided into two initiatives – 85 megawatts of “centralized” solar and 40 megawatts in “neighborhood” solar (pole attached solar units). This approach allows PSE&G to tap previously unused resources – space on utility poles, remediated brownfields and flat-top roofs – to unlock solar’s potential and deliver its benefits to all customers.

I don't like paywalls. You don't like paywalls. Who likes paywalls? Here at CleanTechnica, we implemented a limited paywall for a while, but it always felt wrong — and it was always tough to decide what we should put behind there. In theory, your most exclusive and best content goes behind a paywall. But then fewer people read it! We just don't like paywalls, and so we've decided to ditch ours. Unfortunately, the media business is still a tough, cut-throat business with tiny margins. It's a never-ending Olympic challenge to stay above water or even perhaps — gasp — grow. So ...
If you like what we do and want to support us, please chip in a bit monthly via PayPal or Patreon to help our team do what we do! Thank you!
Sign up for daily news updates from CleanTechnica on email. Or follow us on Google News!

Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.

Written By

is a writer, producer, and director. Meyers was editor and site director of Green Building Elements, a contributing writer for CleanTechnica, and is founder of Green Streets MediaTrain, a communications connection and eLearning hub. As an independent producer, he's been involved in the development, production and distribution of television and distance learning programs for both the education industry and corporate sector. He also is an avid gardener and loves sustainable innovation.


You May Also Like

Clean Power

Silicon Valley has been the main high tech and venture capital hub in the US for decades. The Valley is typically viewed as San...

Clean Power

More wind energy and interregional transmission could have mitigated the impacts of rolling blackouts experienced during December’s winter storm.

Clean Transport

All 50 states will deploy federal NEVI program funds to build out the EV charging network and kill gasmobiles, anti-woke or not.

Green Economy

Woke or not, Kentucky is behind a new green steel factory that supports President Joe Biden's goal for offshore wind development in the US.

Copyright © 2023 CleanTechnica. The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. Opinions and comments published on this site may not be sanctioned by and do not necessarily represent the views of CleanTechnica, its owners, sponsors, affiliates, or subsidiaries.