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PSE&G Solar Farms to Produce 30MW, Create 300 Green Jobs
Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) today marked the first phase of construction at its Yardville Solar Farm in Hamilton Township, New Jersey. The 4.4-megawatt facility is one of four ground-mounted solar farms that the utility is developing as part of its $515 million Solar 4 All™ program. Through the program, PSE&G expects to develop more than 20 solar projects, which represents an investment of more than $140 million that will create almost 300 green jobs and provide New Jersey with 30 megawatts of solar-generated power.
Al Matos, PSE&G’s vice president of renewables and energy solutions said “The Yardville Solar Farm exemplifies PSE&G’s environmental commitment and its leadership position in renewable energy.”
“This is one of many projects that PSE&G is developing as we invest more than $750 million to increase access to solar energy in New Jersey,” Matos said.
The Yardville Solar Farm will be comprised of 15,750 solar panels covering 15.75 acres of PSE&G property and will be connected directly to the electric grid for the benefit of all PSE&G electric customers. The solar farm will produce enough electricity to power about 720 average-size homes.
PSE&G is developing the four ground-mounted solar farms on PSE&G-owned properties in Linden (3.2 megawatts), Edison (2 megawatts) and Trenton (1.3 megawatts). Each will be among the largest solar farms developed in New Jersey.
PSE&G is also building a 1-megawatt solar system on the roof of its Central Electric headquarters in Somerset, N.J., and a 700-kilowatt solar system at its Edison Training and Development Center facility in Edison, N.J.. There also are four solar systems built on the grounds of five Newark Public Schools as part of the Solar 4 All program.
The 20 projects under development will produce enough energy to power about 4,900 homes and eliminate 23,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions – the equivalent of removing nearly 2,800 cars from the road for one year.
The financial benefits that Solar 4 All produces – federal tax investment credits, sale of the energy and capacity, as well as monetizing the solar environmental credits (SRECs) – are returned to PSE&G electric ratepayers to reduce the overall cost of the program.
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